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Has your doctor told you that you need your hip replaced? Believe it or not, this surgery has become very common since its introduction in the 1960s, and it’s now one of the most successful pain and mobility solutions for people suffering from hip damage due to osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or osteonecrosis. In fact, it’s estimated that 450,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States. So, if this procedure is in your future, what can you expect your hip replacement recovery week by week to be like?
Hip replacement surgery takes a couple of hours. While some patients may be hospitalized overnight for two to three days afterward, some patients are released the same day if there are no complications or the surgery isn’t complex. However, when you go home, it’s important to have support there, whether it’s a friend, family member, or service. If you don’t have access to help, you may be sent to a rehabilitation facility for several days. You also won’t be able to drive yet, so you’ll need transportation to your destination.
Some patients may get started on physical therapy beforehand to familiarize themselves with the exercises they’ll do during recovery and to strengthen muscles in the meantime.
You may also want to remove clutter in your home or tripping hazards such as small area rugs so that your environment is as safe as possible while you’re recovering. Installing night-lights and securing stair handrails will help with your safety as well.
While some recoveries take only two to four weeks and others last eight to 12 weeks, your recovery time length depends on your hip damage, the complexity of the surgery, your age, and your physical and overall health. However, all recoveries have exercise and physical therapy in common along with a gradual resumption of activities of daily living (ADLs).
Our Commitment to Your Complete Recovery From Hip Replacement
At North Carolina Specialty Hospital, not only will your hip replacement surgery go smoothly, but your hip replacement recovery week by week will too. It’s part of our commitment that started in 1926 to bring the highest quality and cutting-edge care to our community. Getting you back to pain-free living is our most important goal.
If you need a hip replacement, find out the difference North Carolina Specialty Hospital can make in both your recovery and the outcome.
We look forward to helping you get the best outcome from your hip replacement surgery.
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