Once your operation has been completed, your Consultant will transfer you to a recovery ward. A member of our nursing team will offer you refreshments or pain relief medication to reduce any post-operative pain or discomfort. You will also be visited by one of our Physiotherapists at BMI The Priory Hospital in Birmingham
, who will guide you through an exercise plan to support your recovery.
Your physiotherapy exercises after surgery could include circulation exercises, hip abduction exercises (where you will need to move the leg on the operated side of your hip outwards), or hip flexion exercises (which involve raising the leg on your operated side). As well as guiding you through these exercises, your Physiotherapist at BMI The Priory Hospital in Birmingham could offer you crutches to assist with walking. They will show you how to put on your crutches and walk or climb any stairs with them.
You should be able to walk with the support of a walking aid within one to two days of your hip replacement surgery. However, it can take up to eight weeks to be able to walk independently and it will be around six weeks before you can drive.
You could be discharged from our hospital in Birmingham after three to five days. We actually encourage discharge as soon as it’s safe, because studies have shown that people recover better when they get back home as soon as possible.
How long will your hip replacement surgery recovery take?
It can take about a year for your body to become completely accustomed to your replacement and to feel the complete benefits of your operation.
If you have had a hip arthroscopy, you should be able to go home the following day. You could require crutches for the first couple of weeks following your operation.
But it can take around six to nine months to make a complete recovery.
After your hip revision surgery, you might need to stay at BMI The Priory Hospital in Birmingham for about two to four days. You will also need to use a walking aid for around four to six weeks.
When can you drive and return to work after a hip operation?
You will need to avoid driving for at least six weeks after your hip operation. Moreover, you will need to have complete control over your vehicle to meet the legal standards for driving.
Your return to work could take between six and 12 weeks. If your role is mainly sedentary (sitting down), you might be able to return to work sooner.
Your Orthopaedic Consultant at BMI The Priory Hospital in Birmingham will explain when it is safe for you to drive again and resume working.
How much swelling is normal after hip surgery?
It is normal to have some bruising or swelling after surgery. If you have had an arthroscopy or replacement operation, it could take up to three months for any swelling to settle.