Hip Replacement Recovery
Immediately after your surgery, you will begin your recovery from hip replacement surgery. You will stay in the recovery room for 1 to 2 hours and then will spend several days in the hospital while you learn how to safely perform common activities of daily living. Physical therapy is an important part of recovery and generally continues for four to six months.
After the hip replacement surgery, you will be moved to a recovery room. In this room, you will be with other post-operative patients, and healthcare providers will be available to assist you with any problems or concerns. You will be kept here until your healthcare providers feel that you are recovering well; usually this is within one to two hours.
You will become aware of the bandage on your hip as you are more awake. You will have a special pillow between your legs to keep them apart. This is to keep your new hip in a safe position and prevent the joint from coming apart, which is called a dislocation.
You may also notice that your drains have collected blood in the plastic container outside your skin. You may be wearing tight stockings that help prevent blood clots. You may also become aware of the catheter in your bladder, if it is still in place.
It is common to feel pain and swelling in your hip, and you can be given medicine to help with the pain.
It is also common to shiver after receiving general anesthesia. If this happens, your healthcare provider can give you medication to stop the shivering. Warm blankets are also available to comfort you.
Some patients experience nausea after their hip replacement surgery, which can be related to the medications used. This should not last longer than 24 hours.
Remember that your healthcare provider wants your hip replacement recovery to proceed without any problems, so be sure to report anything that does not feel normal or "right."