What Is Recovery Like After Hip Replacement Surgery?

When your hips hurt, the pain affects the way you go about your daily life. Not only can it change your routine during the day, but it can keep you awake at night. 

When you’re at the point where nothing else has helped, you might be facing hip replacement surgery. But what can you expect after the surgery is over and you go home to recover?

At Preva Surgicare - Imperial Surgery Center, we’re experts in the causes of hip pain and the treatments that help you get your life back. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons not only help you determine the cause of your pain, but also discuss the many treatment options available to you, including hip replacement surgery.

Why do you need a hip replacement?

Hip pain affects your daily activities. The pain in your hip could be the result of an injury or a degenerative condition like arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the main reason that you would need to have your hip replaced.

So how do you know it’s time for a hip replacement? A lot of factors go into that decision.

Usually, after you’ve tried conservative treatments without relief, and your hip pain is affecting your normal activities, we may recommend surgery. You might need surgery if you have trouble climbing stairs or walking short distances.

What to expect after surgery

With hip replacement surgery, we remove the damaged part of your hip and replace it with a prosthetic device that’s designed to mimic your natural hip joint. The prosthetic can be made of many different materials, such as metal alloys, plastics, and ceramics.

After your hip surgery, you spend a few days in the hospital so we can manage your pain and watch for any immediate complications. While you’re in the hospital, you also begin physical therapy and occupational therapy to start moving your new hip. 

We get you out of bed and walking with a walker or assistive device. After a few days, we send you home or to a rehab facility, depending on your condition.

Once you’re home, you continue to perform physical therapy exercises both at home and during PT appointments. These exercises are vital to your recovery. They help strengthen your hip and improve your flexibility and mobility.

You may need three to six months to completely recover from your procedure, but some of our patients require up to a year of recovery. You should be able to return to most of your normal activities after about three months, including some low-impact sports.

Even after you’ve healed from surgery, you should continue the PT exercises so you get the most mobility and strength out of your new hip.

Tips for a smooth recovery

A successful recovery after hip replacement surgery starts before you go under the knife. Get your home ready to save you the time and hassle of potential injuries right after surgery.

For example, get a raised toilet seat, as well as a seat for your shower or bathtub. Some other things you can do to make your recovery a smooth transition include:

Put a phone near your chair in case you need help and aren’t able to get up and walk. Once you get home after surgery, make sure you walk often to keep your new hip from getting stiff. 

Your physical therapist will give you exercises to perform at home, and you should try to do these exercises several times a day for the duration of your recovery. These exercises speed up your recovery and maximize your mobility in the long run.

If you’re in need of a hip replacement and would like more information, contact one of our surgical centers in Houston or The Woodlands, Texas.

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