When can I take a bath after hip arthroscopy?
You may shower after two days. Do not scrub the wounds; allow the water to rinse over the incisions. Pat the incisions clean and dry, and then apply a large square band-aide. You may take a bath in seven days.
What can you not do after hip arthroscopy?
Things to Avoid Following Arthroscopic Hip Surgery
- Sitting on low, soft surfaces.
- Pivoting over the operated leg.
- Crossing the legs so that the ankle is on the knee.
- Lifting leg straight up.
How long do you wear a brace after hip arthroscopy?
Hip Brace. You will need to wear the hip brace for three weeks. Place it securely around your waist and thigh; this serves as a reminder to control hyperextension and abduction. You will need to wear this brace when you are walking with crutches and flat foot weight bearing.
Can I bend after hip arthroscopy?
Your surgeon recommends avoiding active hip flexion (lifting your leg up at the hip) until 2-3 weeks after your surgery. This precaution is to prevent excessive hip flexor tendonitis after your surgery.
How long until I can swim after hip arthroscopy?
It is also OK to use soap on your leg and over the Steri-Strips. This shower should be quick. I would prefer that you do not take a bath until one week after surgery. It is OK to go into a swimming pool a week after surgery, but no lakes or ocean until two weeks after surgery.
When can I bike after hip arthroscopy?
As soon as you are comfortable, you will be allowed to use a stationary bike for approximately 20 minutes, twice a day. Gradually increase the time by 5 minutes after 3-4 days until you have reached a maximum of 45 minutes twice a day. No resistance should be added until week 5-6.
How long does the pain last after hip arthroscopy?
In most cases, you should be able to walk relatively free of pain about six to eight weeks following surgery. However, it could take three to six months or more to get back to an elite level of fitness. You can treat any unexpected increase in pain with ice and anti-inflammatory medicine.
Can I sleep on my side after hip arthroscopy?
You can sleep on either side but it may be more comfortable to sleep on your back or on the non-operated side. If you are sleeping on your side then it may be comfortable to put a pillow in between your knees. As with any surgery, you should expect some degree of pain.
How long until you can drive after hip arthroscopy?
Typically 3‐4 weeks after your surgery. Until you are 6 weeks out from surgery, you are encouraged to drive necessary distances only (doctor and rehabilitation appointments, work, etc) to prevent overuse of your hip flexor.
How long does it take to recover from arthroscopic hip surgery?
You will probably need about 6 weeks to recover. If your doctor repaired damaged tissue, recovery will take longer. You may have to limit your activity until your hip strength and movement are back to normal. You may also be in a physical rehabilitation (rehab) program.
How do I sit after hip arthroscopy?
When sitting, try to sit with the hips at 90 degrees. Sitting with the knees closer to the chest might produce pain or pinching at the hip. Limit prolonged standing and walking up to four weeks after surgery to avoid hip discomfort. Avoid deep squatting or heavy lifting up to six weeks after surgery.