What to Expect After Your Hip Replacement

Doctor Examining Male Patient With Hip PainIt’s natural to wonder what life will be like after a hip replacement. After all, this is a major event that is likely to change your life!  Orthopedic surgeons hear common questions from hip surgery patients, and want you to know what your post-surgery period has in store for you.

Doctor Examining Male Patient With Hip PainDiscomfort Levels

Today’s joint replacement methods are very advanced. Hip surgery has come a long way, and orthopedic surgeons are able to clean out your existing joint and install the prosthetic replacement with a much smaller incision than in the past. That said, of course you will have some pain or discomfort from the incisions and stretching of internal tissues during the work, but your doctors will keep you as comfortable as possible. This type of pain is short-lived and extremely bearable, especially when compared to the suffering you’ve already been through with your hip issue prior to the replacement surgery.

Recovery

Your orthopedic surgeon will have you up and walking in a very short period of time. Rapid return to mobility is important with a hip replacement, so the more active you can be, the better your recovery. You’ll use a walker or cane for a few weeks after the procedure, and that time varies depending upon your progress.

Rehabilitation

The most important thing to do after hip replacement is to be completely dedicated to your rehab schedule. The more energy and commitment you put forth in these early stages, the better mobility and comfort you are likely to have down the road.

Life After Surgery

The best part of your hip replacement comes a few months after the actual surgery, when you’ve successfully rehabilitated the joint and its supporting muscles, and you can now participate in most, if not all of your favorite activities. You will have minimal (if any) pain and will feel unstoppable!

Hip replacement surgery is definitely a big deal for anyone, but has the potential to change your life for the better. Talk to your orthopedic surgeon with any questions about this procedure.

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