Total Hip Replacement

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Xray of both hips. The right hip has a Total Hip Replacement and the left hip is normal.
Xray of both hips.
The right hip has a Total Hip Replacement and the left hip is normal.

Wound Care | How do I look after my wound?

It is importatnt to keep your wound as dry as possible.

Most patients are discharged home with a waterproof dressing, which can be left on for showering.

During the first 24 hours, it is normal to have some minor bleeding. After being discharded home, there should be no discharge, redness or bleeding around the wound.


If there is redness, discharge or a foul odour, please seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Wound Care | When will my stitches be removed?

There are a number of ways your wounds may be closed.

You may have either have

  • nonabsorbable stitches
  • absorbable stitches
  • surgical staples.

The stitches or staples are usually removed 10-14 days after surgery.

Diet | What should I eat and drink?

There are usually no specific diet or extra vitamins / nutrients needed to recover from a total hip operation.

It is important to have a normal healthy balanced diet and plenty of nonalcoholic fluids.

Activity | What exercises should I do at home?

Physiotherapy and the exercises that you perform at home are extremely important to achieve the best results after a hip replacement.

After returning home, you should gradually be able to do more and more. It is important to look after your new hip and follow your surgeon's and physiotherapy instructions.

Your program may include exerises that work on your:

  • walking
  • sitting
  • stair climbing
  • muscle strength

Avoiding Falls

A fall during the first few weeks after surgery can damage your new hip and may result in a need for more surgery.

Be careful on Stairs. Stairs are a particular hazard until your hip is strong and mobile, and you've regained your balance. You should use a walking aid such as cane, crutches, a walker. Use the handrails on your stairs or ask for someone to help you., or handrails or have someone help you.

Special Precautions

One of possible complications of hip replacement surgery is dislocation. Dislocation is most common during the first year after surgery, but can also occur at any time. There are certain positions and precautions that must be avoided.

  • Do not sit or stand with yourlegs crossed.
  • Do not bend your hips more than a right angle (90°).
  • Do not turn your feet excessively inward or outward.
23 June, 2013