Hip Replacement Recovery and Care

How Long Is Hip Replacement Recovery Time?

The path to recovery following hip replacement surgery is unique for each individual, influenced by various factors such as surgical technique, overall health, and postoperative care. 

Typically, patients undergo a brief hospital stay immediately after the procedure, focusing on pain management and early mobility. The initial weeks at home involve a gradual return to daily activities with the support of rehabilitation exercises and assistive devices. While many experience significant improvement in the early stages, complete recovery may unfold over the course of several months.

How Long Are You On Bed Rest After Hip Replacement Surgery?

Bed rest after hip replacement surgery is typically limited to the immediate postoperative period in the hospital, lasting a few days. 

Once patients return home, the emphasis shifts to gradual reintegration into daily activities. While brief periods of rest are encouraged to support healing, prolonged bed rest is generally discouraged. Early mobilisation, under the guidance of physical therapists, is crucial for preventing complications and promoting a smoother recovery.

What To Expect After Hip Replacement Surgery

Patients can anticipate a brief hospital stay, typically lasting 1-2 days. During this period, healthcare professionals prioritise pain management, monitor vital signs, and introduce gentle mobility exercises to prevent stiffness. 

Physical therapists play a crucial role in guiding patients through initial movements and assisting with the use of assistive devices. While in the hospital, patients receive education on postoperative care, including medication management and wound care. 

This hospital recovery phase sets the foundation for the subsequent stages of rehabilitation, emphasising a gradual return to mobility and daily activities.

Transitioning to home recovery after hip replacement surgery requires attention to both rehabilitation and safety. Adherence to prescribed exercises is crucial, with a focus on strengthening the hip joint and improving flexibility. 

Utilising assistive devices like grab bars, elevated seating, and non-slip mats can enhance safety in the home environment. Patients are encouraged to maintain a clutter-free space to minimise the risk of falls. 

It's essential to follow medication schedules diligently and attend scheduled follow-up appointments with healthcare providers. 

Early on, physical therapists guide patients through targeted exercises aimed at improving joint mobility, enhancing strength, and optimising overall function. Sessions often commence during the hospital stay and continue in the home setting, progressively evolving to address specific mobility goals. 

Therapists emphasise gait training, balance exercises, and functional movements critical for daily activities. The frequency and duration of physical therapy sessions vary based on individual progress, with a gradual transition to more independent exercises.

What Not To Do After Hip Replacement Surgery

After hip replacement surgery, it’s vital to be mindful of activities that could compromise the healing process and jeopardise the success of the procedure. 

Avoid the following:

  • High-impact exercises, such as running or jumping, which may place undue stress on the newly replaced hip joint
  • Low seating and chairs without proper support, as these can strain the hip. 
  • Crossing the legs or bending the hip excessively, particularly beyond a 90-degree angle. 

It’s essential to follow medication guidelines diligently and not skip prescribed doses. Smoking can impede the healing process, so it’s advisable to abstain from tobacco use.

The timeline for walking after hip replacement surgery varies, but many patients can take their first steps with the support of a walker or crutches within 24 hours post-surgery. Early mobility is encouraged to prevent stiffness and enhance circulation. 

Physical therapists guide individuals through gradual weight-bearing exercises, transitioning from assistive devices to walking independently over the course of a few weeks. While individual recovery times differ, the goal is often to achieve a comfortable and steady walking pace by the end of the first month.

Climbing stairs after hip replacement surgery is a gradual process introduced during the early stages of rehabilitation. With the guidance of physical therapists, patients typically begin practising ascending and descending stairs with the support of a handrail or assistive devices. 

While the specific timeline may vary based on individual progress, many patients find they can confidently navigate stairs without assistance within the first few weeks to months post-surgery.

Many individuals can resume light, sedentary work within a few weeks, while those with more physically demanding occupations may need additional time for rehabilitation. Generally, a return to full work duties can be expected within six to twelve weeks, depending on the pace of recovery and the approval of your orthopaedic surgeon.

Following the procedure, patients can usually start low-impact activities like walking and stationary cycling shortly after, promoting joint mobility without undue strain. Under the supervision of healthcare professionals, individuals advance through a structured rehabilitation program that adapts over time. As healing advances, around the three-month mark, more dynamic exercises such as swimming and light jogging may be incorporated into the regimen.

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If you are experiencing joint pain and suspect you may be suffering from conditions related to the knee, hip, shoulder, spine, foot, ankle, elbow, wrist, or hand – allow Dr Kau to set you on the path towards recovery. Our orthopaedic specialist, Dr Kau Chung Yuan is experienced in treating patients of all ages with varying orthopaedic conditions. You should not have to be in pain, make your appointment today.

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Dr Kau was very careful and explained clearly the surgery procedures. After surgery, the care while I was in hospital was closely monitored and he even came during weekends! The hip so far has recovered and healed. His ‘predictions’ of when what can happen are so accurate. Trust him.

Ming Lee Chua

Dr. Kau is an exemplary doctor who is experienced in his field and is very patient with his patients. He walked me through the details of my knee condition and addressed all my concerns. Thanks to Dr. Kau, I had a better understanding of my ACL and MCL injury and the various treatment options available. His advice and treatment have been very valuable to me.

Ethan Chan

I had a very successful total hip replacement done by Dr Kau 4 years ago. 4 months after the operation I was back walking, cycling and swimming. The beautiful job gave me much confidence Dr Kau is most professional and has such great doctor patient communication.

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