Nasty surgeon painted a post-op horror story. Hope it's not true, that I'd need a live in caretaker for 6 weeks, or go to a rehab facility. He claimed I'd need help because the pain would be so terrible I'd faint from it, fall and break my hip. I am a very private person and DO NOT WANT a live-in keeper! I cannot afford one nor can I afford a rehab facility. I have good upper body strength from working out on machines and a high pain threshold. I own a walker from an old hip replacement surgery. I'm willing to wear a medic alert necklace. Is this unpleasant fellow exaggerating how bad it will be? At the moment I feel doomed to being stuck with a cane/walker/wheelchair for the rest of my life. Please reassure me if possible.