often may be taken prior to your physical therapy if you request it.
The usual hospital stay for hip joint replacement is one to three days following surgery. The therapist will teach you how to dress and get out of bed without help. You will continue to strengthen yourself in preparation for your re- turn home. It is important for you to follow both your doc- tor’s directions and proper positioning techniques throughout your rehabilitation.
By the time you leave the hospital, you should be progress- ing well in regaining mobility and stability. If your sutures or clips require removal, you will be advised about who will remove them, and where and when this will be done.
It is not uncommon to still experience some pain. Remember that full recovery can take up to six months for typical hip replacement surgery and up to two to three months for the Anterior Approach.
Preparing To Go Home
Just prior to your discharge, you will receive instructions for your in-home recovery. Until you see the surgeon for your follow-up visit, you must take certain precautions. Look for any changes around your incision. Contact your surgeon if you develop any of the following:
Drainage and/or foul odor coming from the incision.
Fever (temperature about 101 degrees For 38 degrees C) for two days.
Increased swelling, tenderness, redness and/or pain.
Take time to adjust to your home environment. It is okay to take it easy.
Returning to Regular Activities
Your recovery is based, in part, on your condition prior to surgery. Rehabilitation is hard work and recovery takes time. By sparing your major muscles from being cut dur- ing surgery, you may experience a faster recovery. Many patients undergoing the Anterior Approach to hip re- placement surgery are back to normal activities within a few weeks.
You usually may begin driving once you are able to bear full weight on your hip, usually within 5 to 7 days. Be sure 3