Due to the long-term soft-tissue complications described above, now, almost a year after surgery, I’ve resumed intensive rehab, and still have a lot of work ahead of me. But I’m doing long hikes again, just accepting the pain on the assumption that it will gradually subside. Regarding Dr. Pritchett, I’ve been impressed with his accessibility and responsiveness from the beginning, and I believe that the work he did on my joint was fantastic – I have a new hip joint that will provide me with many more years of activity, especially as I overcome the soft tissue problems surrounding it. My only issue with the medical community, and my most important suggestion for other patients, is that the soft tissue around a joint, and its long-term history, is just as important as the bone and cartilage, and deserves just as much attention both before and after surgery. I can’t believe that I’m the only joint repair patient who experiences significant soft-tissue problems due to changes in joint geometry after surgery. Please consider this in your planning, and in your interactions with providers!