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Frequently Asked Questions about Hip Replacement Surgery

What is involved in a hip replacement?

In total hip replacement surgery, the parts of the bones that rub together and cause pain are resurfaced and replaced. Prosthetic joints can be either plastic or metal, and are selected by your surgeon.

Will I have movement restrictions following hip replacement surgery?

You will need to use precautions to prevent hip dislocation such as: do not bend more than 90 degrees by keeping your knees below your hips while sitting, do not cross your legs, do not turn your leg inward.

Should I have physical therapy before my surgery?

Sometimes your surgeon will prescribe pre-operative therapy to begin exercises that strengthen the muscles surrounding the hip.

What should I expect for pain control after my surgery?

You will work in partnership with your nurse to use pain medications prescribed by your surgeon to help control pain.

When does my physical therapy begin after my surgery?

Therapy will begin as soon as possible after surgery. Your nurse and the rehabilitation specialist will encourage you to walk in the hall and to exercise in bed. You will also receive instructions about home safety and tips for making your daily routines easier when you return home.

How long will I be in the hospital?

Most patients go home the second or third day after surgery.

Can I have physical therapy at home?

Home services can be arranged, if you and your surgeon feel it is appropriate.

Will I need outpatient physical therapy?

Depending on your progress, your surgeon may prescribe outpatient physical therapy.

What if I need to go to a rehabilitation facility before going home?

A Care Coordinator will assist you with the referral process, if rehab is necessary upon leaving the hospital. A plan will be determined by you and your surgeon, based on your needs.

How soon can I return to normal activities after surgery?

Always check with your surgeon before resuming activities such as working, driving, flying, and the use of antibiotics for dental and other procedures

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