I had a full hip replacement November 20, 2007. Yes 2 months ago.
My hip was worn out from arthritis and abuse. I'm 46 years old.
I had my surgery on a Tuesday and left the hospital with a cane on Thursday. I returned to work the following Monday. This was over the Thanksgiving weekend. Yes, full hip replacement surgery and back to work within a week.
I could barely throw my right leg over my motorcycle seat the last couple of seasons. In fact, this past summer I was stepping on the footpeg, then easing my leg over.
My surgery was less than 2 months ago now and I've already been skiing. I'm very much looking forward to pain-free riding this next spring.
There's no reason the cobalt/ceramic joint that was just installed shouldn't last 30 years, per my surgeon.
If you're in pain, get it done.