What to Expect After Hip Replacement Surgery

As one of the most common elective surgeries in the United States, more than 320,000 hip replacements are performed every year. There are a variety of benefits to having a joint replacement surgery, including chronic pain relief, increased mobility, and reduced stiffness. In fact, 90 percent of those who undergo hip replacements report relief from pain associated with arthritis or injury and an overall better quality of life, which allows them to continue living as independently as possible.

After consulting with a physician and making the decision to undergo a hip replacement surgery, you may be concerned about the recovery time that follows. Although immediately following the surgery there may be some initial pain and soreness, most patients are able to get out of bed and move about the same day as the operation.

Ensuring a Successful Hip Replacement Recovery

It is important to learn as much as possible about the recovery process after the procedure to ensure the best results. Here are a few tips for proper hip replacement recovery:

  • Take part in a rehabilitation program. Physical therapy typically begins the day following your procedure, and may require you to stay in a short-term rehabilitation facility for a few days before returning home. The rehabilitation program is essential to strengthen your muscles and keep your blood flowing while also teaching you how to walk with assistive devices. Once your physician determines that you are able to get in and out of bed independently, manage your pain properly and have the appropriate range of motion, you will be released to continue your recovery process from home.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle post-surgery. Prior to and post-surgery, making the necessary lifestyle adjustments will ease the both short and long-term recovery from your hip replacement. Simple changes like eating a more nutritious diet, exercising regularly and getting the proper amount of sleep can reduce the stress you put on your body and help you care for your new and improved hip joint.
  • Modify your home environment. After you return home from your hip replacement surgery, it is important to make some essential changes to your home to avoid any potential hazards that can derail your recovery. Removing any low furniture, throw rugs or cords that could cause a fall will create a safer home environment. Additionally, adding features such as grab bars in the bathroom or a shower chair might make your day to day tasks a little easier and create peace of mind.
  • Follow your post-operative care instructions. In the weeks following the procedure, be sure to keep up with the post-operative care instructions recommended by your physician. This can include any physical therapy or exercises for you to continue at home. If you experience any significant pain or discomfort, contact your medical professional immediately.  

Recoup and Recover with Western Home Communities

Ensure a successful recovery from a total hip replacement or other elective surgery with Western Home Communities in Cedar Falls, IA. Western Home Communities offers a variety of care designed to keep you living life independently. Explore our Rehab to Home and Home Care options or contact us today to learn more about our post-operative recovery services, 319-277-2141.