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Date: 19 Jan 2001
Remote Name: 126.96.36.199
Dave, You are experiencing the same decisions and angst as anyone else contemplating THR. You will know when the time is right--the pain controls everyday activities and your emotions or you get tired of taking the antiinflammatories which do not get to the root of the problem. Allow about 1 to 3 months for preparation, the surgery, and immediate post-op therapy. This is major surgery, and can take up to 18 mos for full recovery. Though most people start to feel much better after the first 4 weeks or so.
Good luck with your decision. galet.