After hip surgery, patients often wonder when they can discontinue use of an assistive device for walking. Patients understandably do not want to disrupt their surgical procedure or compromise associated bone and muscle tissues that have been traumatized, but on the other hand they welcome the enhanced functional opportunities a new hip promises. The answer to the question varies according to surgical technique and the individual patient’s health history. It is important for a hip surgery patient to work with a Physical Therapist directly to address this milestone.