I am a 60 year old skier who skis mainly black and double black runs, and enjoys speed, powder and the bumps. I ski in control and rarely fall, and almost never take a bad spill. I got in 18 days this past season and hope to average more than that going forward. I have severe arthritis of the left hip (bizarrely, my right hip seems just fine) and after nursing it for the past six years with non-steriodal anti-inflamatories and acupuncture have finally hit a tipping point where I know I need surgery to deal with the pain and immobility. I really hope to return to a similar level of skiing after my surgery, but do not intend to be stupid and risk seriously messing up my hip post-surgery. I expect to be meeting with one or more orthopedic surgeons in the next couple of weeks.
I expect that I would be a candidate for the Birmingham Resurfacing Technique (subject to an analysis of my bone density), but I have read that the surgery is more invasive and trickier than an anterior total hip replacement. Skiing is quite important to me — definitely my #1 activity — but I also enjoy tennis, hiking, biking, etc., and don't want to screw everything up. I also realize that everyone's experience in this area is highly individualized and that what worked for you might not be the best for me.
With that background, do any of you wish to share your experience with me about your experience with either of these surgeries (or other hip replacement techniques, e.g., Microport), including recovery times and how well your hip performed upon your return to the slopes?
Thanks for your help!