Hip Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery

July 20, 2017

Setting Expectations: What’s “Normal” After a Hip Operation?


Preparing for your recovery is an important aspect of hip surgery. Knowing these details can make your recovery easier.

If you are undergoing hip surgery, the goal is to improve your quality of life through better mobility and range of motion. But this does not come immediately; it may take time, and recovery is a process. So, what feelings are normal after hip surgery? Here are some helpful tips to let you know what to expect and to ensure that you are well prepared for your recovery.

After a Hip Surgery
Within the first few days after hip surgery, you should be able to get out of bed on your own. You should be able to move around with an assistive device, such as a walker or cane, as long as the floor is level. Some people may be able to climb a few steps, but take it easy and listen to what your body is telling you. Consider setting up your space to make movement as easy as possible. This might include removing rugs or installing shower handles to prevent falls.

Feelings That Are Normal After Hip Surgery
First, remember that you will experience some pain. This pain should be minimal. Your doctor will explore pain management options with you and by the time you are discharged, your pain should be under control and manageable.

Additionally, you may also experience some mild swelling after your hip surgery. This type of reaction can last for up to six months after surgery, but its effects should never exceed moderate discomfort.

Pay attention to your surgical site, as any type of persistent fever, increasing pain or escalating redness could signal an infection. Make sure there are no changes in your hip after replacement surgery, noting any numbness.

Understanding Your Hip Operation
After hip surgery, the goal is to get you back to your old activities and maybe even get you to a broader range of motions. In fact, roughly 87 percent of people who have the replacement are happy with their new hip.

However, the way you move will need to change. This is necessary to protect your new hip joint, as well as to introduce you to ways of moving that provide better stability for your entire body. Be patient with yourself as your body adapts.

Do you have questions about what feelings are normal after hip surgery? Call Arkansas Surgical Hospital at (877) 918-7020 today. We have specialists who are ready to talk to you about your hip operation and what to expect in recovery.

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