I had a hip replaced using the posterior approach 9 years ago and the other hip replaced using the anterior approach in October 2008. As I told Dr. Kreuzer at my post-op visit, the anterior is a "cakewalk" compared to the posterior. I walked with my new hip 7 hours after surgery and left the hospital 48 hours after surgery. The worst pain I had was the inserting of the IV needle at pre-op. I did not need any pain medication in the hospital or at home and feel great. My neighbors could not believe when they saw me walking around in the front yard 3 days after surgery. I would urge anyone facing hip replacement surgery to investigate the anterior approach. My thanks to Dr. Kreuzer and his staff for a fantastic surgical experience.