Hip replacement – Post operative recovery
There is a good chance you may be up on your feet the day of surgery. This may seem a little early, but it is important to get the body back to normal as soon as possible.
Delays in getting up can sometimes cause problems such as pressure sores on buttocks and heels, pneumonia, blood clots and low blood pressure, which can lead to fainting. The physiotherapist and ward staff will help you to start moving again.
Your first step is to stand, and if this occurs without problems, then you will walk a few steps with a walking frame. We aim to get you walking with the assistance of crutches as soon as possible. We hope to have you heading home (or to rehab) approximately 3-4 days after surgery.
Discharge & Rehabilitation
Usually, you will be sent home in your own car. If you feel unsure about heading home (i.e. if you live alone), an assessment will be made to see if you should go to Rehabilitation. This assessment is made by the hospital Physiotherapist. You may go to a Rehabilitation facility of your choice or one can be appointed for you.
You will have a post operative appointment scheduled for you 6 weeks after your operation.
Your New Hip
Your new hip will last between 10 and 15 years.
Your hip is likely to last longer if you ensure to not do certain exercises: running, jumping and heavy lifting. Keep in mind, doing a revision surgery is not as simple as the first hip replacement.