I can’t say enough positive comments about the Surface Hippy website. I just reached my third week post op and walked 2 miles yesterday without the use of my cane and have been released to go back to work this Monday, February 7! Of course I keep my cane with me to make sure my posture is correct but am ecstatic about my ability to walk so soon. My leg still gets tired etc. (which does happen due to the muscles still regaining it’s strength and flexibility) but that is to be expected this soon after surgery.My story – I have played sports nearly all my life. My football career ended after one year on the Denver Bronco’s injury reserve list in 1983. I’ve had 6 knee surgeries, ranging from arthroscopy to ACL reconstruction. My hip began giving me problems soon after my ACL reconstruction surgery in 1998. In 2007, I went in to get x-rayed on my knee due to cartilage problems and had the doctor also do an x-ray on my left hip. I ended up going through another arthroscopy to clean up the knee but also found out I had moderate arthritis in my left hip. In November, 2010, my left hip had reached a point of pain I decided to have another x-ray through Dr. Andrew Cooperman, Vista, CA. The x-ray revealed severe arthritis and Dr. Cooperman took me through that the list of treatment options, one of which was a hip resurfacing and hip replacement procedures. I had already been researching hip surgery options prior to this visit so I immediately elected to have surgery. Due to my age and still in fairly good shape, the resurfacing procedure was the best option.On January 13, 2011 Dr. Cooperman performed the hip resurfacing using the BHR process. My recovery has been nothing but amazing, at least in my opinion. I was off crutches completely 8 days post op and have been using the cane up until now (3 weeks post op). I had no swelling of my left leg except in the immediate surgery site. The Surface Hippy site has helped me tremendously in determining pre and post exercises, and what things to expect, worst and best case. The one piece of advice I’d give anyone deciding to or preparing to have the procedure is to get your leg muscles as strong as you can prior to and definitely do as much aerobic exercises as possible. I attribute my rapid recovery to my prior exercise, diet program and the expertise and care of Dr. Cooperman and his staff. I have absolutely no arthritic pain in my hip, with minimal surgical site pain, do my post op exercises, ice after every workout and continue to eat properly while focusing on losing more weight to keep the stress off my joints.In closing, if it weren’t for my discovery of the Surface Hippy site, being able to read all the experiences of past patients I would not have taken the approach and care of my hip pre and post surgery. Anyone looking for a fantastic surgeon and live in Southern California, Dr. Andrew Cooperman is definitely a surgeon to seriously consider. Thank you so much for this site!Respectfully,Duane Coleman Ed.D.