Not me but boss who is younger than me has had BOTH hips replaced. He’s 52, former 3 sport jock in college and he assumes the wear and tear there just slowly took it’s toll over time. He had his first replaced about 4 years ago and the second replaced this year. He offered this advice:
There are multiple methods of hip replacement. Be sure and talk to your doc/surgeon about how physical you are and if so, what you normally do. The reason is that if they replace both ball, cup and a significant implant stem into your leg bone, that can and usually does limit mobility, and adds to healing and PT time. That’s typically called full hip replacement. But they have the option, depending on your hip issues, to do what’s known as hip resurfacing. In that case they resurface the ball part of your leg bone and put a cap on it, they don’t cut a significant part out to be replaced by a stem. They also redo the cup like in a normal hip surgery. The difference is pretty stark in less time to recover, less time for PT, and less time for nearly full movement return. It’s highly recommended for more active people, as there is less bone cut and more of a natural gait and movement for a person after surgery. Don’t be afraid to travel for a better surgeon if this is where you need to be.
For both of his he was out for about 2 weeks fully after surgery, returning to WFH from then until about 8 weeks, the the long and slow process of physical therapy, etc. His first he bounced back from quickly within about 4-5 months fully healed and fully mobile too after PT, etc. This time he’s in about 6 months and still not 100%, still hoping he will get back to that. He’s done with PT but says he can still feel it a bit while biking and running.
He HIGHLY recommended this site for more reading on either method.
Specifically, read up on this section: