On January 3 I was admitted to Bryn Mawr Hospital to have my left hip replaced. The surgery was done by Dr. Joe Vernace and everything went well. I was released on January 6 and went home to recoup and rehab. The surgery itself is remarkable, with the hip socket replaced by a titanium receptacle lined with a dense plastic, and the upper part of the femur is removed and a ball joint of titanium is attached by inserting its long base into the core of the femur. The effect is remarkable; just ask anyone who has been through it.
The expected recovery time is variable, but is generally around a month to walking without support of any kind. There is a period of what I'd term minor rehab, mostly self-paced and at home, to regain some muscular strength and flex.
The same surgeon at the same hospital replaced my left knee in 2003 and that had an excellent outcome. I am looking forward to returning to my normal schedule and activities soon.
There are a couple of things that I have to say about my recovery:
I am a little behind on some of my activities, such as emails and work with my students, but I hope to catch up soon. Thanks to all for your toughts and support.