Tips for a Successful Total Hip Replacement Recovery
- Get in a healthy exercise routine
- Most hip replacement patients are able to walk within the same day or next day of surgery; most can resume normal routine activities within the first 3 to 6 weeks of their total hip replacement recovery.
Once light activity becomes possible, it’s important to incorporate healthy exercise into your recovery program. Recommended activities include gradually increased walking and light household activities (sitting, standing, climbing stairs). Movement is essential to a healthy recovery.
- Pay attention to diet and weight
- Excess weight can put stress on your new hip prosthesis and increase wear and the risk of complication.
Maintaining a healthy body weight before and after your surgery can help to improve your recovery process and the ultimate lifespan of your prosthesis. Additionally, make sure to maintain a balanced diet during your recovery.
- Exercise to Promote Blood Flow
- Certain exercises can help to promote blood flow and prevent clots. These include:
- Regularly squeezing the thigh and calf.
- Motion exercises for the legs that utilize full range of leg motions
- Walking with or without the assistance of supportive devices (such as walker/cane)
- Make household preparations
Your mobility and ability to accomplish normal, daily tasks following your surgery will be strongly reduced. Prior to your surgery, make practical modifications to your house so that the things you’ll need will be accessible without excess movement. Additionally, make plans with friends, family, or caretakers to ensure that someone will be available to help with tasks like cooking, bathing, and running errands.
Taking careful precautions and putting intentional effort into your recovery help to ensure a smooth and successful total hip replacement recovery. Keep these critical tips in mind as you prepare for your hip replacement surgery and the subsequent recovery period.