But then another problem reared its ugly head. My orthopedist only performs posterior hip replacements! That means cutting through lots of muscle and, according to medical commentary, a longer healing time than the anterior procedure. My orthopedist suggested seeing another surgeon about the anterior surgery, which of course meant still more delay until I could get an appointment with the new orthopedist. In the meantime, I was put on meloxicam and Tylenol as a way to deal with the pain, and although both drugs helped with the pain, they could not cure the essential problem of advanced degenerative arthritis, among other things.