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I 'd like to know how those of you who live alone managed after the surgery. I don't have family nearby and friends have their own issues.

What kind of help did you need after the surgery and for how long? Did you go to rehab? For how long? My doctor didn't like that idea - he seems to think I'd need more help than I could get there. Did you hire a home health aide or other caretaker? How many hours a day were they needed? For how long did you need them? For how long did you need a walker, crutches, etc?

At what point could you be by yourself, and start doing things on your own? When could you start preparing simple meals, etc?

If you could add any other info I haven't covered, I'd appreciate it.