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Most joint replacement patients will undergo a spinal anaesthetic (an injection into the back that makes your legs go numb) you can then choose to stay awake or go to sleep, depending on your preference. The operation typically last forty five minutes, however you will be in the theatre area for around ninety minutes. Later that same day you begin your road to recovery and start to walk, initially with walking aids. You go home typically two days after the operation when you are safe on the crutches and have completed the stair assessment. Around four to six weeks following the operation you are fit to drive and are usually walking unaided, often one to two miles. The majority of patients return to work at this point. This is meant as a guide only and all patients heal and recover at different rates.