1) Best surgeon with best technique
2) Extensive pre-op "pre-hab"
3) Knowledge from Bonesmart, YouTube, Internet elsehwhere
4) Near perfect attitude
5) Age advantages
6) Condition advantages and prior athletics
(also #8, I used the Hip replacement to practice, find the needed tools, shake out the bugs in my plans and methods, and learn HOW to do a recovery. The hip was just easy but I practiced diligently.)
For #4, I was basically working a version of what Kelly McGonigal describes in her TED Talk, "The Upside of Stress".
30,000 person study over 8 years and those who believed that "stress was bad for their health" died at a 43% higher rate.
Those with a lot of stress who didn't believe that did better than people without stress.
My method was basically the reverse of believing that "stress is bad for health".
I seriously committed to ACTIVELY ENJOYING every single part of the process, whether it was pleasant or not, benign or tragic, painful or not, etc.
Everything else followed from this one simple commitment.
Even if something sucked, I enjoyed (with pride!) being able to do it WITH PLEASURE. I even had a plan for waking up to find my leg amputated (never told anyone that and never thought there was a chance in a million of that happening).
My plan was simply to KEEP DEALING and KEEP ENJOYING my ability to deal and any progress that I could make.
Along with this, the commitment to enjoying everything was also to do everything practical to make it work. This made the pre-hab and seeking out help, listening to advice (including yours) easy and pleasurable, etc.
Believe in yourself (arrogance and pride) and DO everything you can to make it work (ACTION) no matter what the setback.
It sounds like either pablum or new age BS, but based on reading that survey on stress (and of course surgery is an extreme physical stress) it makes perfect and very simple sense.
Seriously pushing everyone to watch these -- if you have a lot of tough stress it will save your life and if not, it will help you save the lives or family and friends.
Sleep study AHI: 49 RDI: 60 -- APAP 10-11 w/AHI: 1.5 avg for 7-days (up due likely to hip replacement recovery)
"We can all breathe together or we will all suffocate alone."