Hello all, I have just found this website and lots of useful info already, thanks! I would like to take this place to report progress please. I had op at 10.30 on Monday 10 December. I had epidural plus sedation. I was very anxious about having epidural, all my previous experience of surgery was of general anaesthetic, but I was persuaded it was the best. My anxiety was not improved when it took the anaesthetist 3 goes to get the cannula for sedation in the back of my hand. But he seemed to find his way round my back ok and it wasn’t scary after all to feel my legs go numb, more of a pleasant warming. The surgeon then came in and seized me like a side of beef, my legs were numb but my tummy wasn’t and he poked his finger right in a tickle spot so I yelped. I explained it was surprise not pain, but I would really like to be asleep first please. The sedation burnt unpleasantly going in but it only lasted a moment and I was gone. I mention all this because I will probably have the second hip done sometime so I want to remember that it was not as bad as feared.