From Hospital to Home
Your hip rehabilitation begins right after surgery as ordered by your surgeon. Your physical therapist will instruct you to:
The physical therapist will check your progress daily and will keep your surgeon informed.
The therapist will teach you how to dress, get out of bed without help, and use a walker or crutches. You will continue to work to strengthen yourself in preparation for your return home.
It is important that you follow your doctor’s directions and proper positioning techniques throughout your rehabilitation. By the time you leave the hospital, you should be progressing well in regaining your mobility and stability. If your sutures or clips have to be removed, you will be advised about who will remove them and where this will be done. It is not uncommon to still experience some pain.
Preparing to Go Home
Look for any changes around your incision. Contact your surgeon if you develop any of the following:
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
The way a hip replacement will perform depends on your 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.
Next: Activity After Surgery