As I got older, I began to have more and more problems walking; I hobbled and I could only manage the stairs with great pain and difficulty. A day came when I said, “that’s enough. I want to spend the last years of my life as an active pensioner.” There are quite a lot of places here where you can get a hip replacement. The state hospitals told me that I would have to wait several years, so I started looking for another solution. I put my trust in a private clinic in Bratislava because I was glad of the short (nearly non-existent) waiting period and the friendly staff. Other considerations were the implant’s quality, and the super-sterile operating theatre, which had no equal in Slovakia then. I am grateful for the excellent work they did, because even 6 years after the operation, I have a full and active life.