Hip replacement surgery is often the best treatment for a variety of conditions related to hip joint, ligament or socket problems. For example, if you seriously injure your hip at work, such as in a fall from height, your surgeon may suggest a replacement.
While no two people are the same, there’s a basic hip replacement surgery timeline that can give you an idea of what to expect.
On the day of your surgery, here’s what you can expect:
Don’t expect to do much resting during the first couple days after surgery. Your medical team will get you out of bed to help you start moving with crutches or a walker.
This is also when you’ll do the following:
If you’re feeling up to it, your doctor will discuss discharge procedures. In the event of complications during recovery, you may have to spend additional time in the hospital.
After three days, the pain will subside and you’ll find that you’re able to walk short distances on your own.
During this time, you may be able to partake in light activities once again. This is also when you’re likely to get rid of your crutches or walker.
With your doctor’s blessings, you may also receive permission to drive again.
Depending on how you’re progressing, you may be able to resume normal activities, such as returning to your job.
Keep in mind that you don’t want to push yourself too soon, as doing so increases the risk of additional injury.
Depending on the circumstances of your injury and treatment, you may be able to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. In the event of a permanent work-related disability, it also makes sense to learn more about Social Security benefits.