Well, my long strange trip has come to an end.. or beginning depending on how you view it. I was diagnosed with Femoral acetabular impingement syndrome 8 months ago and underwent arthroscopic surgery to get out some chips and clean it up (as best we could). Rehab was hard but I am 40 and in pretty much the best shape of my life so I was able to bounce back quickly. Unfotunately, the hip socket cartilage (for lack of better term) was about 60% gone and I was told that it probably would not buy me much time. They did not know for sure how bad it was until they got in there with the scope. My sitchuation is really genetic (anatomy issue) and now i realize that I have pretty much been on a time table my whole life (almost glad I did not know). Just the way it is. Both hips are the same but the right one was worse becasue I am right handed and probably put a lot more stress on that one over the last 25 years of pretty intense athletic training and participation. The last 4 years of pretty high level competitive tennis on hardcourt probably sent me over the edge without knowing it (ain't no probably to it)...."you don't know until you can't go". So I am having the right one replaced and the left will probably soon be to follow because I now feel same symptoms in it. By the way, I have been to three different orthos and the last one is a top "hip" guy who knows the latest stuff (very encouraging). Let me tell you to be wise as to what ortho you go to. things in hip world are changing rapidly and you need to go to someone who specializes in them if you are having trouble..OK, that is the advertizement.. Anyway, is there anyone else out there who has undergone hip replacement and come back to playing at a "farily" competitive level? I talked to a teaching pro yesterday who has had both done and probably still plays 4.5 but let's face it..he could beat me on skates. I am just curious if anyone else who was in great shape otherwise has had a recent hip replacement and come back to play singles. I know doubles is possible because there are tons of people with replacements doing that. Life is life, I would just love to hear from anyone who has experience with this proceedure.