Hello, everyone-I am delighted to have found this site today! I am 4 wks post surgery for an anterior total hip replacement. The surgery went well and I have been getting stronger every day. Because it was an anterior method, the tendons and muscles were all pushed/pulled out of the way to replace the joint. As a result, I have more muscle pain than anything else-which is normal, according to my great surgeon (who was a physical therapist prior to becoming an ortho surgeon!). The hip feels good and it is a pleasure not to have the constant pain I had prior to surgery. I am questioning my recovery-somehow, I feel as though I should be progressing faster than I am. I am using a cane but don't but a lot of weight on it-more for balance-yet, when I try to go without it, I find myself hobbling. Is there anything I should be doing to enhance my progress? As for stairs-I have read that the cementless joint needs to adhere into my body, so I am wondering if anyone knows whether there is a definitive timeline (3 mos.? 4? ??) before I should attempt normal stair climbing? I am 55 years old and am overweight, but have been walking and working out prior to surgery. Not in the best shape, but not a quitter. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks so much. wipurplechick "If I must get wrinkles, please let them be laugh lines!"