December 11, 2017 | BY Robert Smith
If you've had hip replacement surgery, you're not alone. In fact, hospitals performed over 300,000 hip replacement surgeries in 2010 alone. This number continues to rise, and the procedure continues to help millions of people lead pain-free, active lifestyles.
After you have hip surgery, you will need to make some changes to your regular routine. Here are the main things you need to do after hip replacement surgery.
Regular physical and occupational therapy is a vital component of the recovery process. After you undergo hip surgery, you will lose some strength. Physical therapy helps improve mobility, balance, and endurance so you can regain some of your strength.
Your doctor will want you to start moving the affected joint as soon as possible after surgery - even the day of the operation, if your pain isn't severe. Start with simple exercises while gradually building up your endurance.
At The Arbors, patients undergo physical therapy seven days a week and occupational therapy six days a week. During this time, you will receive education on hip precautions, weight bearing restrictions, and use of adaptive equipment to decrease your risk of dislocation and injury.
The physical therapy program at The Arbors will improve your strength and mobility. When combined with our occupational therapy program, you will develop increased independence as you practice everyday activities in our mock apartment. These programs help you return to your home environment and decrease the burden of care on your loved ones.
Returning to your everyday activities will take some time. You'll have to learn new ways of doing simple things, such as bending down, to avoid damage to your new hip. Physical and occupational therapy can help you get back to those activities in a more timely manner.
You'll need some help once you've returned home. You can make things easier for yourself and your helper by preparing your home before surgery. You or your caretaker can do this by:
Returning to your regular routine and activities will take time, and you can expect some good days and bad days. Follow these final tips for a speedy recovery:
It's important to carefully follow the instructions of your doctor and physical therapists as you recover from hip surgery. With patience, you'll find that you'll return to your normal routine sooner than you think.
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