... numerous reconstructive and replacement surguries. Now, I am Told I need a knee replacement on the same leg that I had the hip replacement and possibly the other knee also. The only replacement that I have ever feared has been my knees because during flareups, my knees were excutiatingly painful. How painful is it, how long before you can get on to a normal Life ? The left knee was the object on an accident where a metal rod was insert up to my knee cap, will that cause problems? Please, I need some confidence,-Donna