Happy to report that I feel painfree after the operation. At 65 this was my first hip replacment (April 11. 2006) and after many years of dragging myself about painfully, at the end house-bound while virtually crawling on all fours up the starirs, I feel like a new person now that I can walk around on crutches since I came home 7 days after the operation. Thanks to a wonderful surgeon at the Credit Valley Hospital I now look forward to many moons of activety. I wish I had done it sooner. The 28 staples holding together the cut have been removed yesterday, it pinched a bit, but it was worth it. The world looks good again.