Commonly Asked Questions After Hip Replacement
How long will I be in the hospital? 3 – 4 days
How long is the incision? 10 – 12 inches long, located more to the back of your thigh
How long does the surgery take? Approximately 2 ½ hours
What is the implant made of? Metal and plastic
Will it set off alarms? Yes, if more than one joint. Especially in the areas where the technology is more sensitive (i.e. larger airports)
When will I get out of bed? You will get out of bed the day after surgery.
How long will I need to follow hip precaution? The minimal time is 6 weeks. However, your doctor will provide you with more information at your follow-up appointment. It will be based on results from the x-rays, physical therapy and your activity level.
How long do I have to use the abductor pillow (blue wedge pillow provided on day of surgery?) 6 weeks
When can I drive? We request that you not drive for 6 weeks. If you have an automatic, and the surgery has been on your left hip, please discuss with your doctor at your 2-week follow-up appointment.
When can I shower? 24 hours after the staples have been removed. Staples are usually removed 12 – 14 days from the day of surgery.
Why can’t I move my operated leg? Many muscles were cut to put in the artificial hip joint. These muscles are very weak and you will need assistance and training on how to properly move your leg after surgery.
May I use ice packs to help decrease pain and swelling? Yes, ice is very useful in helping to relieve these symptoms. It may be used immediately after surgery and until your pain and swelling decrease. (DO NOT get the wound or dressing wet; use a water tight ice pack.)