Trochanteric Bursectomy with Iliotibial Band Release

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Most people can go home the next morning. You will need someone to drive you home and attend to you, especially on the first night after surgery. You can also expect to be on crutches, or a walker, for at least a week.

It is normal to feel some discomfort and perhaps some swelling in the hip area.

It is important to see the physiotherapy team who will provide a rehabilitation program. A full regimen of return to sport and work will be tailored to your needs by our physiotherapy team. In general:

Rehabilitation after surgery can be a slow process. You will probably need to attend physical therapy sessions for several weeks, and you should expect full recovery to take several months. Getting the hip moving as soon as possible is important. However, this must be balanced with the need to protect the healing muscles and tissues.

Treatments include range-of-motion exercises and gradually work into active stretching and strengthening. Active therapy starts two to three weeks after surgery.

Are there important things I need to tell my doctors?

It is important to let your doctor know if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Redness, swelling or warmth around the incisions
  • Leakage from the incisions
  • Fever and chills
  • Severe hip pain that is not relieved by prescribed painkillers
  • Loss of control over leg movement
  • Loss of leg movement

20 August, 2012