After months of treatment to no avail, it's was confirmed today that the ONLY thing that will help my knee is a total replacement which is scheduled for the first available surgery date: 1 week before Christmas! If I bypass that date, the surgeon is booking late February. My daughter is a dancer and that's dead smack in the early part of competition season and will put me (her support, driver, make up artist, etc... she's only 8) in a BAD position to help her out. So Christmas it is. I'm very nervous about Christmas. I have some friends who are saying "no problems - just have everything prepared, and have people to help you that day" and other's who are saying "you're going to be misserable". Problem is - NONE of them has had the surgery so none of them really truly know. I will most likely come home on 12/23. I am an otherwise healthy 46 year old. Can anyone share their recovery experiences, what I can expect, suggestions, etc?????