Hip Replacement FAQ’s
We understand you might have some questions and concerns about Hip Replacement, so here we are covering all your concerns and answers related to hip replacement surgery.
What is the recovery time for a hip replacement?
In the average case, hip replacement recovery takes two to four weeks, but everyone’s experience is different.” Recovery time depends on a number of factors, including how active you were before your surgery, your age, nutrition, preexisting conditions, and other health and lifestyle factors.
Is a hip replacement a major operation?
The hip replacement surgery is a major procedure, so it’s usually only recommended if other methods haven’t helped reduce pain or improve mobility, such as physiotherapy.
What is the average age for a hip replacement?
Most people who undergo hip replacement surgery are between the ages of 50 and 80, according to the Arthritis Foundation. You can still have a hip replacement if you are younger or if you are in your 90s, even if you are not in that age range.
Can I go back to work 2 weeks after hip replacement?
It may take patients two to three months to return to work after Hip replacement surgery. Those who work desk jobs often return sooner. Jobs that require standing or manual labor usually require more time to recover.
How long do you use a walker after hip replacement?
After surgery, you will most likely need to use a walker or crutches for two to four weeks. Using a cane may be recommended once you have stopped using crutches. Until they can walk without a limp, patients usually use an assistive device (walker or crutches).
Can I go back to work 2 weeks after the hip replacement?
It is common for patients to be off work for two to three months following joint replacement surgery. People working desk jobs tend to return to work quickly. Returning to a job that requires standing or manual labor usually takes longer.
What can you never do after 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.
Is it OK to sit in a recliner after hip replacement surgery?
For the first six weeks, try to sit in a straight-back chair (avoid low sofas, recliners, or zero-gravity chairs). Recliner sleep is not recommended. When your hip is flexed, it becomes stiffer and more difficult to straighten out. Do not extend your leg or hip backward for 6 weeks.
How can I speed up my hip replacement recovery?
It is most likely you will be up and walking within a day after surgery. Slowly increase your activity level and avoid pushing yourself too hard. A hip replacement patient’s recovery will be sped up by getting up and getting active after surgery. Make sure you exercise for at least 20-30 minutes a day.
What is the success rate of hip replacement surgery?
How successful is total hip replacement surgery? The success rate for this surgery is high, with greater than 95% of patients experiencing relief from hip pain. The success rate of hip replacements 10 years after surgery is 90- 95% and at 20 years 80-85%.
How long are you on bed rest after a hip replacement?
You should avoid sleeping on your affected side for at least six weeks. Listen to your body after your doctor gives you the go-ahead, and lie on your operative side only when you feel comfortable.
How long will I limp after a hip replacement?
If you feel comfortable and are able to walk without dropping your hip or limping, you can walk without support. After surgery, some patients can do this within 2 weeks, while others will take 6-8 weeks or longer. Continue to use support if necessary to minimize limping.
Can you walk too much after hip replacement surgery?
Within a few weeks after the surgery, you should gradually begin to engage in more out-of-home activities. Your hip may become swollen and painful if you do too much activity.
Is hip replacement surgery worth it?
A hip replacement might be recommended if: You have very bad pain, and other treatments have failed. You have lost a large amount of cartilage. Your hip pain is keeping you from being active enough to keep up your strength, flexibility, balance, or endurance.