Hip joint replacement is major surgery, and the patient alone cannot handle the post-surgery precautions. That is why they need their family or nursing home’s support to recover properly. Also, there is no fixed recovery time as it depends on various factors like the health conditions of the patient.
As the hip is required in almost all the movements of the body, it becomes quite tough to take care of it after a hip replacement surgery
. The patient has to take care of a lot of things. Since different patients have different conditions, so the timeline of this process varies from patient to patient. For how long they have to take precautions will be told by their doctors after analyzing their medical conditions. But the general timeline for a healthy person is as follows:
The most important thing to take care of is not to put too much pressure on the hip. That means the patient should keep their movements minimal, should not bend over, should not twist, and should sit carefully. In a normal successful surgery, doctors recommend the patient to start moving within 24 hours of the operation. They can do this with the help of a walker and in the supervision of a professional. The initial movements help the patient in learning how to walk for some time so that they do not hurt their hip. Again, this condition might differ in critical cases.
Discharge From Hospital
The doctors analyze the condition of the patient, and if they feel that the patient is fit enough to be discharged, then they let them go home. In usual cases, doctors may keep the patient for up to two days under observation in the hospital. After that, they allow the patient to go either home or to some nursing facility, based on the medical attention they require.
Physical therapy is essential to ensure that the replaced hip moves normally. The therapist starts minimal exercises for the patient in the hospital itself. Once they leave the hospital, then they have to visit a physical therapist for 1-3 times a week. This process can last up to eight weeks, depending on the condition of the patient. These exercises are very crucial for the patient as it makes them heal faster and better.
The doctors recommend their patients what kind of work they can do after a few weeks of the operation. As the doctor knows their case in and out, they are the only ones who can tell what is beneficial for them and what is not. In usual circumstances, doctors recommend patients to return to their jobs after 4-6 weeks of surgery if they have sedentary jobs. If their job requires too many physical efforts, then they cannot return for at least two to three months.
But they can start small movements and small chores that do not require minimal physical efforts. Because just lying on the bed would not heal their bodies. They have to move it to heal it better and faster.
This timeline of recovery from hip joint replacement surgery is only possible if the patient follows all the precautionary measures at home and take all the recommended supplements. The complete recovery process can stretch from three months to a year, depending on the rate at which the body heals. Patients should also take care of their health during this period as their chances of gaining weight increases due to lack of movement. If they start gaining weight, their healing process will slow down, and they will have to sit at home for a longer time. To fasten the recovery process, they have to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.