A hip replacement surgery is a quite common type of operation. If you are about to undergo one, it's important to follow the advice of your surgeon and physiotherapist. They are the only ones who truly know what needs to be done in order for your hip replacement surgery to be as effective as possible. If you're wondering what you can expect after having this type of surgery performed, you should talk to your doctor. However, there are a few things you can expect while recovering from hip replacement surgery.
Getting out of the hospital
When you're going home from the hospital after your surgery, make sure to alert family and friends that you'll need some assistance in the weeks following the surgery. You won't, for example, be able to drive for a while. Make sure you have someone to pick you up when you're leaving the hospital; in a car where you won't have to move your hip very much to get in and out. This will also be an issue regarding your follow up doctor's appointments.
Help in the home
You'll also require help around the house. If you live alone, ask a family member or a friend to help you out the first couple of days. Cooking, cleaning and just general moving about can be quite a hassle. There are also services providing this sort of help; however, that'll cost money.
You should receive physiotherapy after your surgery, but it's also a good idea to exercise on your own after a few weeks. Your physiotherapist will most certainly provide you with a program of exercises you should do when you're in your home. Also try to move around while you are at home and perform simpler household tasks to exercise your hip. Ask your physiotherapist what to do and what not to do to speed up your healing process as much as possible. If you're in pain or feel general discomfort while doing simpler exercise, you should communicate this to your doctors.
After six weeks
You should be able to pursue normal activities about six weeks after your surgery. Your doctor will tell you what you can and can't do, but usually you should be able to resume a normal life after this time. You should be able to drive a car and return to work if it's not too much of a strain on your hip. Remember to go to your follow ups and to continue physiotherapy, if that's advised to you, to get as much use out of your new hip as possible.
For more information, talk to an experienced orthopaedic surgeon.