The author has worked in conservation and woodland management over many years.
A Note From the Author
Several years ago, my uncle had total hip replacement surgery. When I searched for information about the operation and recovery, there was little to be found. So, with help from an orthopedic nurse, I wrote this article in order to provide others with an outline of what to expect.
Since publication, the article has acquired nearly 3,000 comments.
It is these comments that make the page valuable. For a purely medical perspective, there is now a wonderful resource here: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/hip-replacement-surgery
For more detailed and personal experiences, the forum (at the bottom of this page), is an invaluable resource.
Any surgery brings its worries but hip operations are routine and the techniques are well tested. Around 300,000 operations were performed last year in the US, alone. There is a very low rate of complications and hip replacement recovery is usually very good. For many people, a return to simple activities like walking a dog without pain are the gift of a lifetime.