Hip replacement surgery has long been considered one of the most effective orthopedic procedures. However, a rushed recovery or improper mobilization of the hip may result in prolonged pain, destabilization of the implant, or additional damage to the joint. To ensure a timely and successful recovery, it is critical to follow proper post-operative care guidelines. That includes following any doctor’s instructions during your recovery from hip replacement surgery.
The Joint Surgery Center of Excellence offers a team of renowned orthopedic surgeons committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care for every patient. We take the time to design individualized post-operative rehabilitation plans specific to each patient, a fact which translates to improved recovery and exceptional patient satisfaction.
To schedule a consultation with a Los Angeles orthopedic surgeon, you may contact us by calling (888) 318-2842.
After a hip replacement procedure, it is critical to take proper care of your hip to help prevent complications. Our orthopedic surgeons have compiled a series of post-operative guidelines that will help to maintain integrity of your joint implant and to achieve the best long-term results.
Pain Relief & Medication
During your recovery from hip replacement surgery, you will be given prescription pain medication and a sleeping medication to improve comfort. As soon as possible, you should cut down on the use of narcotic-based medication and transition to over-the-counter pain relievers. Ice should be used as often as possible for 30-minute intervals to reduce pain and swelling in the hip. Bruising around the incision is normal, and in some cases may track down the legs to the thigh, ankle or foot.
Dressing & Incision Care
The dressing used to cover the incision in your hip is waterproof, but should not be submerged under water for at least 7 days post-surgery. Your dressing will be removed after the stitches have been taken out, approximately one week after surgery.
Immediately after surgery, your hip will be able to support your body weight. However, to reduce the risk of falling, you should use a walker, cane, or crutches while standing. Increase your activity level in small increment as directed by your surgeon, and incorporate 3-4 short walks daily. Mild stiffness of the hip is normal, and may be alleviated with gentle foam roller exercises. Shortly after surgery, you will begin a physical rehabilitation program designed to safely restore strength and mobility to the hip.
Most patients can drive one to two weeks after hip replacement surgery, typically as directed by your surgeon. You should not drive if you are still taking pain medication.
Recovery Time for Hip Replacement Surgery
One week after hip replacement surgery, your dressing and stitches will be removed. If your incision has healed well and the implant seems to be functioning correctly, you will begin a rigorous physical therapy schedule designed to improve range of motion and strength in your hip gradually. Pain should be nearly or completely resolved within two months of surgery. Near to full recovery of hip mobility is expected within 3-4 months, and often depends on the desired level of activity post-surgery.
Contact a Los Angeles Orthopedic Hip Surgeon
The Joint Surgery Center of Excellence houses a team of highly skilled orthopedic surgeons specializing in hip replacement surgery. Our expert hip surgeons are highly trained in the most advanced hip replacement procedures and are leaders in the field of joint preservation. Our surgeons’ unparalleled technical expertise, combined with our state-of-the-art outpatient facility in Los Angeles, helps ensure the best results and optimal recovery for our patients.
For more information on rehabilitation or to schedule a consultation with one of our renowned orthopedic surgeons, contact us at (888) 318-2842 or fill out our online contact form.
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