I know a lot of you have had hip replacements and I have been waiting for a long while to have mine done. I am at last having it done next Tuesday and I am getting more and more nervous. It isn't just the operation but the fact I have been told that having RA and polymyalgia will make it harder for me to recover. My main fears are DVT's, infection and blood loss, oh and that my leg can swell and remain swollen for a year. Can anyone in a similar situation tell me that they recovered normally. I also take 20 mg steroids and know around the country other people can't have their operations done because of being on too high a dose. I have to stop my arthritis tablet today and I stopped methotrexate last week. When I asked if I should try to reduce my steroids a bit the surgeon told me to leave them as they are. I asked what problem they might cause and he replied "If anything they will help" I take it he means with keeping the blood thin. Thank you in advance.