After having a hip replacement, you may expect your lifestyle to be a lot like how it was before surgery—but without the pain. In many ways, you are right, but returning to your everyday activities will take time. Being an active participant in the healing process can help you get there sooner and ensure a more successful outcome.
Even though you will be able to resume most activities, you may have to change the way you do them. For example, you may have to learn new ways of bending down that keep your new hip safe.
Understanding a hip replacement
Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which a doctor surgically removes a painful hip joint with arthritis and replaces it with an artificial joint often made from metal and plastic components. It usually is done when all other treatment options have failed to provide adequate pain relief. The procedure should relieve a painful hip joint, making walking easier.
Lifestyle after hip replacement surgery
Once you’re home, the real recovery starts, beginning with physical therapy. Your first physical therapy appointments start in the hospital, but you can expect to continue this therapy for months after your surgery.
Physical therapy helps you to regain strength and mobility in your new hip after surgery. Because of the procedure, you may have swelling and some stiffness in your new joint. Physical therapy helps you over the next few months to regain your normal activities.
However, there are some movements that you should avoid in the first year or so after surgery. You want to avoid twisting the new hip or pivoting it in any way. It could put too much pressure on your prosthetic.
You’ll also want to avoid crossing your legs or squatting because these movements could potentially damage your new hip. The same goes with bending over to touch your toes or pick something up. You shouldn’t bend more than 90 degrees at your hips.
Physical therapy gives you the tools to get through your recovery without performing these movements. However, there are some lifelong changes you’ll have to make to ensure your hip survives for a long time.
While you can resume most of your normal activities after your recovery, you still need to avoid certain physical activities. For example, running or playing sports that require jumping should be avoided at all costs. These exercises may put too much strain on your new hip.
You can still exercise, just be sure to keep it to low-impact activities such as swimming, walking, or riding a bike. For the most part, life after a hip replacement is like life before you had surgery, except with much less pain.
The Bottom Line
Hip pain is a real drag, so don’t hesitate to get treatment. At Orthopedic Specialist in Indore, our team is an expert in hip pain and treatments that can help.