How long does it take to recover from a hip replacement?
“On average, hip replacement recovery can take around two to four weeks, but everyone is different,” says Thakkar. It depends on a few factors, including how active you were before your surgery, your age, nutrition, preexisting conditions, and other health and lifestyle factors.
How painful is a hip replacement?
You can expect to experience some discomfort in the hip region itself, as well as groin pain and thigh pain. This is normal as your body adjusts to changes made to joints in that area. There can also be pain in the thigh and knee that is typically associated with a change in the length of your leg.
How big an operation is a hip replacement?
Once you’ve been anaesthetised, the surgeon makes a cut (incision) of up to 30cm over the side of your hip. The upper part of your thigh bone (femur) is removed and the natural socket for the head of your femur is hollowed out.
What can you never do again after a hip replacement?
- Don’t cross your legs at the knees for at least 6 to 8 weeks.
- Don’t bring your knee up higher than your hip.
- Don’t lean forward while sitting or as you sit down.
- Don’t try to pick up something on the floor while you are sitting.
- Don’t turn your feet excessively inward or outward when you bend down.
How long does a hip operation take?
The surgeon makes a cut (incision) into the hip, removes the damaged hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint or implant. The surgery usually takes around 1 to 2 hours to complete.
How long do you stay in hospital after hip replacement?
You’ll usually be in hospital for around 3 to 5 days, depending on the progress you make and what type of surgery you have. If you’re generally fit and well, the surgeon may suggest an enhanced recovery programme, where you start walking on the day of the operation and are discharged within 1 to 3 days.
Will I walk with a limp after a hip replacement?
Many people who have undergone a total hip replacement have had a significantly altered gait pattern, or limp, for some time prior to surgery. Besides reducing pain, alleviating a limp is the priority for many during the recovery period. Improving your ability and efficiency of walking is a multifaceted process.
What is the newest procedure for hip replacement?
The latest advanced technology, a percutaneously-assisted “SUPERPATH™” approach, involves sparing the surrounding muscles and tendons when performing total hip replacement surgery. This technique builds a traditional hip implant in-place without cutting any muscles or tendons.
Can I go back to work 2 weeks after hip replacement?
When can I go back to work? Patients may be off work two weeks to three months after joint replacement surgery. People who work desk jobs tend to return in a few weeks. Returning to a job that involves standing or manual labor usually takes longer.
How long do you need to use a walker after hip surgery?
In most cases, you will need to use a walker or crutches for two to four weeks after surgery. You may be advised to use a cane after you have stopped using crutches. Most patients use an assistive device (walker or crutches) until they can walk without a limp.