I am kinda freaked out. My hip arthritis has gotten really bad, so that I cannot do side kicks or roundhouse kicks at all, or get my knees out properly in shiko dachi. I have come to the conclusion that my best option is hip resurfacing surgery. It's actually pretty cool (if they're doing it to someone else). Rather than a hip replacement, they basically "reline" the ball of the femur, and put a metal cup in the socket, so you basically have almost a ball bearing joint. If it is successful (the big if), you can expect greatly increased flexibility and range of motion, not to mention an absence of pain. The downside is that things can go wrong, as with any major surgery, and it will probably be tough to get the energy back. Aside from the obvious fears, I am mostly afraid of losing my momentum in my training. Hopefully I will be able to attain 1st kyu before the surgery, which I am tentatively planning for January, and then use the goal of training for sho-dan ho to motivate me for rehab. Right now, though, I am kind of apprehensive. Also positive, though, because it sure would be great to have my range of motion back, and no pain. I am wondering if anyone on here has experience with this surgery. Supposedly there are various martial artists who have done it and gotten back to successful training. If not this particular procedure, I would like to hear from anyone who has gone through any type of surgery and managed to get back to training. Thanks.