I'm 48 years old and just had my hip resurfaced using the anterior approach on 11/3/08 by Dr. Stefan Kreuzer. I spent some time on the surfacehippy website to educate myself prior to my surgery which helped a lot. I do however feel very little is mentioned about the anterior approach which I believe is just as important technology as is the resurfacing.
My hospital stay was less than 24 hours and I was walking the day of the surgery. I went home on crutches which I used for about four days and then used a cane. My time with a cane was only for about a week. Two weeks after my resurfacing, I was walking completely unassisted and even resumed normal activities like shopping, etc. It's now been exactly one month to the day and I'm completely back to normal, except for a little skin numbness around where the incision is. In fact, today I'm out raking leaves.
I don't think a rapid recovery like this would be possible without the anterior approach. I asked Dr. Kreuzer why this approach isn't more popular and he said it will be in time, but more physicians and patients have to be educated on this procedure.