Preparing For Total Hip Replacement
To diagnose your condition, your orthopedic surgeon will review your medical history to determine your pain and activity level. Your surgeon will also test your hip joint for strength and range of motion and may perform additional tests.
After reviewing test results, your physician will help you decide if and when hip replacement surgery should be performed. You will also discuss with your surgeon the most appropriate approach, technique and implant needed to achieve the best outcome and pain relief.
You will receive detailed instructions on how to prepare for your hip replacement surgery during our Joints in Motion class, a free two-hour session designed to provide patients with all the information needed prior to surgery. The class will also provide information on exercises, diet and preparing your home in advance for your discharge and recovery.
You will schedule your Joints in Motion class before surgery where you meet with our team to review your recovery and rehabilitation plan. You need to identify a care coach who will join you for the class and learn about assisting you post-surgery. We strongly encourage the participation of your care coach in one physical therapy session while in the hospital.
Prior to hip replacement surgery, a preoperative nurse will review any recent changes in your medical history or condition. An anesthesiologist, along with your surgeon, will discuss the best anesthetic choice for you. Total hip replacement surgery typically lasts for one to two hours during which your surgeon will replace the damaged bone and cartilage with plastic or ceramic implants to restore alignment and function of your hip.
After surgery, you will be transferred to the recovery room for a few hours where nurses will monitor your vitals and pain levels. In the recovery room, our patients receive their first physical therapy and begin walking as soon as anesthesia has worn off. Once you are safely walking, getting into and out of bed and are able to climb a flight of stairs, if necessary, you will be discharged with home care. Most hip replacement patients are in the hospital for one to two days.
Recovery and Outcome
Before you are discharged, your joint replacement team will give you detailed instructions and tips to follow as you are recovering. Our physical therapy and home care team will visit you at your home for one to two weeks – five to seven days the first week and two to three days the second week – helping you regain strength and mobility.
Most patients recover within six to twelve weeks, after which they are able to resume normal activities. You will have follow-up appointments with your doctor to monitor your progress. Our goal is to provide you with a hip replacement that improves your quality of life, eliminates your pain, and restores movement for years to come.