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Hip Replacement Surgery Overview
Hip replacement can help you get back to a life of freedom and movement.
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What can you expect from hip replacement surgery?
Treatments for hip pain focus on ways to manage discomfort and improve function. Most successful treatments involve a combination of methods tailored to individual needs, lifestyle, and health. The potential benefits from hip replacement are:
- Pain relief
- Improved mobility
- More freedom to pursue everyday activities such as walking and climbing stairs
Each patient recovers differently. After surgery, you will work with a physical therapist to gradually increase your hip strength and mobility. Many people are able to go home soon after surgery. Others choose to recover at a rehabilitation center. This decision depends on the availability of family or friends to help you with daily activities; your home environment and safety considerations; and your overall evaluation after surgery. Your surgeon and you will decide together which course of treatment is best for you.
What to expect after hip replacement surgery
Hip replacement surgery in general is a successful operation. The success of your hip replacement is measured by whether or not you are satisfied with the decrease in your overall pain and the increase in your mobility, as well as the durability of your implant over time.
The hospital stay for hip replacement varies and full recovery typically takes 3 to 6 months.
Typically, patients are able to drive again in about four to six weeks, so long as they can tolerate it and are not taking narcotic medications. If your job is not physically demanding, you may be able to get back to work after about a month. These decisions are made in consultation with your doctor.
Hip replacements are designed for the normal activities of daily living. Avoiding trauma and high impact activities are helpful in caring for your new hip replacement.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if hip replacement is right for you.