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Date: 05 Jan 2001
Remote Name: 188.8.131.52
I had almost exactly the same experience with knee pain for many years. One surgeon wanted operate on my knee, but I kept searching and finally learned that it was my hip that was causing the knee and groin pain.
I had my surgery on December 18th. I'm close to you in age, although, otherwise, in excellent health.
The surgery was so much easier than I had expected. The first two days were painful but by the third day I was much better and each day since then I've improved. I have almost no pain now except when I do some of my exercises.
I've almost graduated to a cane from the walker and find that I'm able to do more and more as I approach week three.
You will need help at home bathing, doing laundry, and with meal preparation.
I hope that you do well and that I've helped to encourage you. I plan to have my second hip done just as soon as the doctor permits, so I really mean what I've said.
Lots of luck!