I’m having a hip replacement so I can get back to being physically active. What happens after I have surgery? What is the recovery process?
Dr. Weiss says: "After a hip replacement, most people receive therapy in the hospital and go home after a few days. However, after you leave the hospital, you must still be mindful of your new joint. You shouldn’t place too much stress on the new hip. In physical therapy, you’ll learn to walk, sit and move in ways that protect the new joint and allow you to return to your daily activities.
"Once you return home, you will use a walker for 2 to 3 weeks and then use a cane for a few more weeks afterward. Be careful when bending over after your surgery. Your doctor, nurse or physical therapist will show you the proper way to bend. Also, remember to walk daily and build your activities each week after surgery.
"We then do physical therapy for 3 to 4 weeks, and by 6 to 8 weeks, you should be back to your regular activities."
Michael W. Weiss, MD, is a board-certified hip and knee surgeon at Tri Rivers who treats hip and knee arthritis and performs total hip and total knee replacements; arthroscopic knee surgery, including ACL reconstruction; total hip replacements; and injection therapy for arthritic conditions.
To read about Dr. Weiss's involvement with Operation Walk Pittsburgh, a volunteer organization providing free orthopedic surgeries to patients in developing Central American countries, click here.