I just discovered your website. Congratulations we're about the same age I'd guess. I read that you were facing hip surgery and that you live in PA. I had both my left hip and right knee replaced (6 months apart) last year and it has made a huge difference in my life. I hope you know about the "Joint Camp" at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, PA and Dr. Cohen who is the head of Orthopedics there. I strongly urge you to check them out before you consider surgery any where else. They have a whole wing just for joint replacement, the staff is specially selected and a friend or family member can stay and be trained as your coach so you don't have to do outside physical therapy.(Huge cost saving) They use a much safer, more advanced form of blood thinner than the old coumadin treatment that requires clinic visits and tests to regulate it.
I am without a cane for the first time in 10 years and I can even go to the gym. This time last year I was just recovering after a year with a cane or a walker.
Good luck where ever you have it done.