Robotic surgery really does seem like the wave of the future in almost every arena of healthcare. While it does feel a bit "sci-fi", robots are increasingly used in the surgical suite - particularly with orthopedic joint replacement. For the right patient, robots can help improve accuracy - which can mean better outcomes for patients.
That's a question you and your orthopedic surgeon will have to answer together. When hip pain is so bad it actually interferes with the things you want or need to do, the time may be right. As hip pain progresses, many people have continual pain, loss of mobility, loss of sleep and even pain that seems to increase with weather changes. Hip replacement may be an option when nonsurgical interventions such as medication, physical therapy, and rest have not provided relief.