Hi Folks Your help again please. I'm due to have total hip replacement to my left hip on 18/3/2011. I'm advised this will be done under epidural as consultant/hospital believe it leads to quicker recovery/getting you up on your feet. I'm told that if I'm down for op in the morning they hope to have me up on my feet late afternoon. They say I can listen to music through headphones, chat to the anesthetist or they can give me an injection to put me in a light sleep, but to me, to give an injection to make you sleep would seem to defeat the purpose as your probably still going to be woosy when you come round, thus delay the time in getting onto your feet. I'm wondering what the views are of others in the community who've had hip done under epidural. This may seem very naive but is it like when you have a tooth out at the dentist i.e. you can't feel any pain because you're numb but you are aware of the action of them pulling the tooth. I really don't know what to expect. Any advice would be appreciated. This time I'll try and answer posts collectively to save the threat getting clogged up. Many thanks Viv.