Sorry it has taken until tonight to your response to me. Tomorrow is my big today - actually today and I feel quite frightened. Like you, not knowing FOR CERTAIN I will have less pain or more; I am also quite afraid of the narcotic pain relievers. My son in law has an addiction, so I am especially wary as I have seen what his addiction to opiates has done. My last hip replacement surgery had some odd twists - for example, being switched to general anesthesia without an explanation, plus a severely sore throat afterward!- but, in all, the old terrible pain faded and I would say I would do it again . In fact I am, haha! I will certainly keep you in mind and prayers tomorrow. Hopefully, I’ll be able to write you “ hey, I made it and so far so well. It’s not as bad as we feared.” I was sorry to hear about your previous experience down this road not going so well; but I hope you - like me- are due for a really good outcome this time! Best of luck, DLR. and I will let you know how things went tomorrow.