The answer to this question is slightly different for every surgery patient. However, there are many hip replacements done yearly, so medical professionals can give you a general recovery timeline.
Physical therapists are closely involved with many of the over 450,000 hip replacements performed in the U.S. every year. The reason is that physical therapy plays a major role in helping patients recover as fast and completely as possible. One way that physical therapists can help you is giving you a general idea of the recovery timeline for hip replacement surgery.
Three general recovery stages after a hip replacement surgery
As a general rule, hip replacement surgery recovery tends to take place in three stages:
In-hospital recovery — Immediately following surgery, it’s likely you’ll be staying in the hospital. Often, this stay can last between one and three days. During this time, a physical therapist will help you start doing exercises to aid your recovery. They’ll also encourage you to get up and walk short distances with a walker.
Up to three months — During the three months following your hip replacement, most people’s recovery proceeds fairly rapidly. You’ll likely need help to do normal daily tasks when you first go home.
You should start feeling stronger and better able to do your normal tasks within four to six weeks. This period will also typically involve supervised daily therapy, and you’ll often have progressively harder exercises to do several times per day.
Beyond three months — Most patients are able to resume doing most of their normal activities at the three-month mark. Yet that doesn’t mean your recovery is over. You’ll want to continue doing hip strengthening and flexibility exercises and working with your physical therapist.
Your gains after three months are likely to be slower, but it’s important to stick with your therapy until your doctor or physical therapist is satisfied that you’re fully recovered. For some patients, this can take up to two years after surgery.
Need top-notch help with your hip replacement surgery recovery? Arrow PTR can help!
You won’t have to look far to find high-quality hip replacement surgery recovery. Our team at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation have specialists that can help with your post-surgical recovery. We can start by preparing you for surgery with pre-surgical rehab, which can decrease your recovery time.
Then, our team can build you a post-surgical rehab plan designed to address the specific post-surgery issues you have. Our physical therapists can also help you during the time when leaving home is difficult. This is possible thanks to the virtual therapy and at-home care services we offer.
Contact our team today for more information about our post-surgical rehab services or to schedule an initial appointment.