After your surgery, you will be moved into the recovery room until you come to. Depending on the type of anesthetic you’ve had, this could take several hours. During this period, you will be closely monitored. Once you’re with it again, you will be moved to your hospital room. Here, you will spend a minimum of 1-2 days before being discharged home or to a secondary care facility.
During your hospital stay, you will be visited by doctor and nurses who will check your wound and labs and review your progress. You may also be visited by a social worker who will help determine if you can be discharged straight home or if a secondary care center is better for you. Another key member of your care team is a physical therapist. It is not unusual for patients to begin physical therapy on the same day as surgery or in the following morning. Early movement in the hip joint is pivotal to regaining range of motion, avoiding stiffness, reducing swelling and inflammation and ultimately, setting yourself up for future success.
After surgery, you'll be moved to a recovery area for a few hours while your anesthesia wears off. Medical staff will monitor your blood pressure, pulse, alertness, pain or comfort level, and your need for medications.
After your surgery, you'll be at increased risk of blood clots in your legs. Possible measures to prevent this complication include:
A physical therapist may help you with some exercises that you can do in the hospital and at home to speed recovery.
Activity and exercise must be a regular part of your day to regain the use of your joint and muscles. Your physical therapist will recommend strengthening and mobility exercises and will help you learn how to use a walking aid, such as a walker, a cane or crutches. As therapy progresses, you'll usually increase the weight you put on your leg until you're able to walk without assistance.
Before you leave the hospital, you and your caregivers will get tips on caring for your new hip. For a smooth transition:
Six to 12 weeks after surgery, you'll have a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to make sure your hip is healing properly. If recovery is progressing well, most people resume their normal activities by this time — even if in a limited fashion. Further recovery with improving strength will often occur for six to 12 months.
When you check in for your surgery, you'll be asked to remove your clothes and put on a hospital gown. You'll be given either a general anesthetic or a spinal block, which numbs the lower half of your body.