Possibly something for anyone entering in this to consider. A spinal anaesthetic was a good choice as it meant no intubation and being instantly alert once sedation had stopped. The fact that I had no feeling for a number of hours meant I was largely able to avoid the narcotics. Keeping the sedation as low as possible gave me awareness of the operation and ability to feel I wasn’t totally out of control. I think it was all a huge aid to a quick mobilisation, which is I think important.