I was away when you posted @cyber-junkie , how is your dad doing now? Did he get the surgery?
Years ago my mother in law was in her 80s and broke her hip. She didn't make a big deal about it and did not go to the hospital. After that time she was in the hospital for something else, and the doctor told my husband that her hip healed very well on its own. I'm thinking if it ever happened to me, I just may pass on the surgery also....unless I was in extreme pain.