dearest pat, my deepest gratitude to you and many others involved in surface hippy and others that are not i.e. surgical table reps. various surgeons thru out the world —drs. rogerson, dr. bose, de-smet, dr. hansen, matta, brown, the south carolina dr. for being a pioneer in resurfacing (cant remember his name) Dr. Bala, and others i’m not remembering this moment, and my deepest gratitude has to go to dr. raphael klug. I had bilaterla hip resurfacing done feb. 24-2007. I managed to get off all narcotics by about day 11 or 12 post-op. i am quite skinny and the narcs worked well for hip pain but absolutely were taking there toll on the rest of my body mostly stomach and head. i googled oxycontin and darvocet and online they were instantly compared to heroin and methadone, BELIEVE IT THESE ARE SOME HEAVY DRUGS, and the withdrawal can be severe. i am still having difficulty sleeping but am slowly figuring out positions (still not many to choose from). i am getting around on crutches and bearing alittle more weight each day. i take no pain meds of any kind, thank you God, I change positions fairly frequently i.e. sitting, walking, laying. still can’t quite stand on my head, but I will get there. I was told by a very reliable P.T. that everyone comes around in time. Probably not good to compare as everyone one is different. My athletic goals are to once again surf, snowboard, ski, mtn. and road bike, swim, play alittle volleyball, basketball, etc. I have completed six hawaii Ironmans 1991-1997, but have not run for a couple years because of the intense hip pain and it is very doubtful that i will take up running, in my opinion the risks outweight the benefits.