Continuing to pray for you about this, m'dear. My understanding is that the beginning of the healing process (right after surgery) is very painful. But once the fix is healed and you've done the physical therapy, most people feel wonderful! My SIL was 39 when she had a hip replaced (Rhumatoid arthritis) and around 44 when the second was replaced. She was sooooo glad she did it! Praying that the same may be said for you.