As soon as you start feeling Hip pain, Hip Joint Stiffness, and other symptoms, you need to start planning for the future processes which involve your total hip replacement surgery, and recovery procedures. Preparing allows you to focus on your main goal—doing well.
Each one of you who has undergone total hip replacement surgery wants to have a normal life back as soon as possible. Although the recovery period varies in different people according to mental health, physical approaches, physical ability, and age. Hence don’t miss the advice that your physical and surgeon gave you at the time of your recovery period.
However, this is normal to have multiple questions or confusion before and after the hip replacement surgery, like – How long it will take to recover? What activities are not allowed after the hip replacement surgery? When is it to safe start exercising? Or How much is too much?
In this guide, we are going to talk about how you can get fit after a total hip replacement Surgery and how you can make your hip replacement recovery easy.
1. The First Few Weeks After The Surgery –
Most people get discharged from the hospital after one or two days of the surgery. You need to be extra aware of your health in the first few weeks of the hip replacement surgery as it is going to be a crucial time for you. Make sure to take care of three major things which are –
Pain Medications On Time –
- Take your prescribed pain medications on time but don’t take them in a high amount in the first week.
- Take your pain medications as soon as your pain becomes severe and you start feeling discomfort in your new hip joint.
- As long as you are on pain medications, avoid alcohol and smoke.
- Do not hesitate to call your doctor/surgeon any time, when you feel any side effects of the prescribed pain medications.
Antibiotics For Preventing Infection –
It is very important to prevent your new hip from potential infections.
- Your Doctor must have provided you the antibiotics that will prevent you from infection and other major issues.
Store Items Within Your Reach –
In your very initial stage of the recovery, it is very much needed that you avoid unnecessary movement and action as they may lead to hip dislocation and hip discomfort.
Take everything you might need out from low cupboards or shelves before surgery because you won’t be able to reach them afterward. Once you get back home, tell your family members to put all your general accessories and important stuff within your reach.
2. First Few Months After the Surgery –
Recovery from the surgery takes time, months, or even a year. Speak with your physician and he will outline the best post-operative activities for you after some months of the surgery. You are going to feel tired, lethargic, and exhausted after a couple of months and feeling like this is totally normal.
Recovery symptoms become evident 6 to 8 months after surgery.
Things to remember in the first few months –
- You’ll need to learn to avoid making vigorous motions that put your new joint under stress.
- Take extra care when walking up and walking down or walking o slippery surfaces.
- Start Exercising.
3. Physical Therapy –
To have a fast recovery process, it is very important to follow the complete course of your physical therapist. To begin your postoperative treatment, a physical therapist will come to your bedside. Your physical therapist will go through any postoperative precautions you should take to avoid reinjury and assist you to regain full function.
Your physical therapist will help you in
- Stair Climbing
- Movements in bed
- Transferring to a chair or your vehicle
- Full movement of your leg, your new hip joint.
- Standing for approx one minute without any support.
- Putting your socks and shoes on or off.
- Improve your muscle’s ability and strength.
4. Your Diet During or After Hip Replacement –
The following presurgical diet suggestions are provided for informational purposes only. You may be required to follow a different strategy by your doctor or surgeon. In that situation, rather than following the rules below, listen to your doctor’s advice.
14 days before the Surgery –
- Stop taking all dietary and herbal supplements (vitamins, minerals, and herbs).
- EXCEPTIONS — Calcium, iron, and vitamin D are all safe to consume.
A Day Before Surgery –
- Maintain your regular Diet.
- After midnight, do not take any solid food.
- Only Liquid Diet allowed after midnight.
The Surgery Day –
- Drink Carbohydrate-rich drinks(3 Hours before the procedure).
- Drink Fluids only(Clean fluids)
Exercise, a balanced diet and body weight, blood clot prevention, and preparing for limited mobility can all contribute to a good recovery after hip replacement surgery. A smooth and successful total hip replacement recovery can be achieved by taking measures and putting deliberate effort into your recovery.