At 44, facing a hip replacement seemed RIDICULOUS! Dr. K agreed, but also knew how much pain I was feeling, the limited mobility I had, and the quality of life I was missing. At age 13 I experienced blunt trauma to the left hip during a horseback riding accident. Finally on April 9, 2008 I had the less invasive total hip replacement on my left hip. When the bandages came off I said "That's it???" For me, my goal has been to have a better quality of life instead of popping pills and feeling irritable because of the pain. The amazement of putting my foot on the floor just hours after recovery and not feeling "pain" in my hip when I walked was nothing short of spectacular!! THANK YOU to Dr. K, Kevin Lancaster and ALL who contributed to my experience.