Ask for a referral to a hip replacement doc and ask their opinion, I have zero fai pain any more, zero catching although i have had 1 or 2 episodes of the psoas muscles ( that one that hurts in your groin down to your knee and sometimes around to your tailbone) flare up like would happen with the fai, but they have gone away quickly and I am just 4 weeks post op come the 18th. I have started riding an incumbent bike 3 rimes a week for 15 minutes along with my physical therapy and I actually feel like im healing unlike i did after the last 3 surgeries. BUT the THR is a big deal and a game changer for long term stuff some people can run etc afterowrds or play higher sports. I gladly gave up the chance to be a professional athlete in exchange for a pain free life ( no chance of ever being one anyway lol)
No clue if resurfacing is a tri-care option or not as with my tears and retro-version it was not an option, however unlike what it sounds the resurfacing still counts as a prosthetic device under VA rules, so the results on your career would be the same.
Not sure what you are interpreting. when I read what you posted it looks like they are talking about some kind of "parcel" replacment.
BUT..... I had 1 hip "resurfaced in OCT 2009 and the 2nd hip resurfaced in FEB 2010. Madagan Army Medical Center. the company that makes the parts is called striker.
Active duty tricare payed for all the way!
Technically I can run and do whatever sports I want(granted it will wear out my hips faster)
So when you say Tricar unproven I dont understand!
JD..Outstanding job on your post!!!!
Here's what the VA wrote about my sons FAI condition..."The disability is not specifically listed in the rating schedule; therefore, it is analogous to a disability in which not only the functions affected, but anatomical localization and symptoms, are closely related.