All you need to know about recovering from hip surgery

If you suffer from chronic pain, chances are… it started in your hips. Whether you’re 25 or 75…. hips are the hip bone of your body. They hold many different parts of your body together. When hips aren’t holding up to their duty, they often lead to painful issues, which may need surgery to remedy. Hip injuries are easily one of the most common surgeries you can have done. This is why it’s important to know all you can about recovering from your hip surgery. Hip pain is a very serious matter. If you are suffering from hip pain, you surely do not want to go for an unreliable practitioner who will not deliver safe and effective hip surgery operation results. Instead, you should be looking for the best hip surgery operation from Victorian Bone & Joint Specialists.

Take full rest

Now that you have had your hip surgery, the physical part of the process is over. The next step is to rest your body to not put pressure on your new hip joint. Although the first few days will be difficult and painful, you must follow the instructions given to you by your physical therapist and rest as much as possible. As soon as you have been discharged from the hospital, you will probably know when you have been given the go-ahead to leave your bed. Some hospitals have a checklist they want you to work through in order to get out of bed. When you go home, it will be a good idea for you to continue resting in bed for a few days so that your hip has time to heal.

Physical therapy

When you first come home from surgery, you’re expected to be on crutches for 4-6 weeks. I was on crutches for six weeks. After six weeks, you go into physical therapy (with the same surgeon). Physical therapy after hip replacement surgery is an important part of the recovery process. It will help to strengthen the muscles of the hip joints and improve balance, stability, walking speed and stair-climbing ability.  When I think of physical therapy, I am reminded of the slap-stick comedy Three Stooges. The phrase “nyuk nyuk nyuk” comes to mind because of the exaggerated movements of physical therapists. For example, they move your arms and legs in directions they wouldn’t normally go. It is very awkward at first but eventually, you get used to it.

Avoid going too fast

Slowly working back into your normal routine is necessary to get you out of bed. If this is not possible, have a family member or friend help you get up and then get into your wheelchair. In your next few days, try getting up and sitting back down a few times a day. You can then start to walk a little bit more each day. When you head back to the gym, start with lighter weights and a short time period. Start slow and gradually work yourself back into your normal routine. Medical research tells us that failing to fully rehabilitate after a hip replacement can lead to an early failure of your new hip joint. That means having to have another operation that can be painful, more expensive, and if you are an older adult, it may threaten the ability to keep living on your own. So post-surgery rehab is not just about getting your strength back. It is also about improving your health overall.