MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Governor Jim Doyle remains under doctors' orders to use crutches, but he's returned to work at the Capitol following hip surgery two weeks ago.
He underwent the resurfacing surgery on his left hip February 21st. It involved removing some bone from the hip joint, as an alternative to a total hip replacement.
Doyle says he's continuing with physical therapy and was able to walk without the crutches for the first time yesterday ... but he's been told to use them for another four to six weeks as his recovery continues.
He says he had a great deal of pain immediately after the operation but is getting better and hopes he will soon be able to wean himself off the painkillers he's had to take.
He also is hoping to resume his routine of traveling throughout the state in a few weeks.