Taylor, 38 next month, said doctors told him the hip procedure he would undergo is similar to the surgery cyclist Floyd Landis had after his Tour de France victory. According to Landis' Web site, he had hip replacement surgery in September for a condition called avascular necrosis, the result of the impact of a cycling crash three years ago. Landis reportedly has resumed cycling, which gives Taylor hope the procedure wouldn't necessarily end his career.
"I felt a lot more comfortable knowing that other athletes have had it and come back," Taylor said. "I've been told it's a common procedure in Europe." Taylor said he was told recovery time is about six months, meaning he would miss the beginning of next season.