On November 6, 2010, I had a left hip replacement at Hospital for Special Surgery. Prior to my surgery, I was having difficulty walking, standing straight and just doing everyday life activities. I was born without a hip socket and also have RA, which caused my hip to become bone on bone. Since I had the surgery I have my life back. I was up and walking on December 20, 2010. It was the best Christmas present I could have received. I am able to take care of my 12 year old son and just be able to keep up with him. He plays football and it was so difficult for me to walk across the field just to watch him play. Now I am looking forward to next season so I can enjoy walking across the field to see him play. I can take walks while my son rides his bike. I can stand straight up without the pain and being able to sleep at night without pain. You do not realize prior to surgery how much pain you are in until you have the surgery and then realize how much of your life you were giving up because of your hip. The hospital was very friendly and made my hospital stay very comfortable. The class that you receive prior to surgery on what will occur was very informative. It taught me a lot to know what to expect and what equipment I will need. My doctor and his staff are very nice and he has bed side manners. I have told many people what a great hospital I was in and a great experience that I had there. My next hip replacement in 20 years or so will be done there as well. I have also advised my doctor not to retire and that he must do my next hip replacement. He just laughed and said thank you.