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Life After Hip Replacement Surgery

Life After Hip Replacement Surgery

When will I be able to resume my regular activities?
Most patients should be able to walk without assistance and drive about six weeks after surgery. Activities such as golfing, playing doubles tennis, and swimming may be resumed as directed by your surgeon.

How do I care for my new hip?

  • Follow all surgeon instructions

    Keep wound clean and dry

    Notify surgeon of any physical changes, including excess pain and swelling

    Fully participate in physical therapy and/or any exercises that your surgeon prescribes

    Have regular checkups with your orthopedic surgeon


    How much exercise is too much?
    Strengthening exercises are important. If you notice increased joint swelling, decreased joint movement, or continuous pain following exercise, you should notify your surgeon and/or physical therapist. Muscle soreness is expected following exercise.


    What are the restrictions on exercise or movement with my new hip?
    During the first three months:


    Do not cross legs or ankles when sitting, standing, or lying down

    Keep knees below hips at all times

    Do not bend your hips more than a 90-degree angle.


    Is there any special long-term care with my new hip?

    Annual visits with your orthopedic physician

    Antibiotic therapy prior to any dental work or surgery

    Healthy lifestyle, including proper diet and exercise

    Avoid high-impact activities


    The life of any implant will depend on your weight, age, activity level, and other factors. For more information on risks, warnings, and possible adverse effects, see the Patient Risk Information section found within

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