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Getting Back to Life: Hip Replacement Surgery Recovery

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Getting Back to Life: Hip Replacement Surgery Recovery

April 26th, 2021

Hip replacement surgery can greatly improve your quality of life when you’re experiencing hip pain on a daily basis, whether it’s from arthritis or an injury. In fact, approximately 95 percent of people experience pain relief after a hip replacement. This lessening of pain means they can get back to all the activities they were missing out on due to chronic pain.

With more than 450,000 total hip replacements done each year, this is one of the most common elective surgeries performed in the United States. However, you may still have some questions or concerns about the recovery process when seeking this solution. Below are answers to some commonly asked questions.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From Hip Surgery?

On average, hip replacement surgery recovery takes between two and four weeks. However, each person is different. Your level of activity, age, nutrition and pre-existing conditions prior to the surgery, as well as other health and lifestyle factors, all play major roles  in your recovery time.

One way to help you bounce back quickly after surgery is to make sure you’re staying active beforehand. Low-impact activities such as swimming and gardening can help you make sure you’re getting enough activity in your day.

How Long Does Swelling Last After Hip Replacement Surgery?

You’ll likely have moderate to severe swelling for a few weeks after surgery, and mild to moderate swelling can occur up to 6 months after. One way to help reduce the swelling and create more comfort is to elevate your leg and apply ice to the swollen area. Compression socks may help as well. If you notice the swelling increasing or reemerging, notify your doctor right away, as this can be a sign of a forming blood clot.

How Should I Sleep During Hip Replacement Recovery?

Sleep is an important part of healing after a major surgery like a hip replacement. However, difficulty sleeping is a common complaint. To help get comfortable and sleep well while you heal, do these things:

  • Place pillows between your knees.
  • Use a pillow to support your top foot if you’re lying on your side.
  • Avoid placing pillows under your knees.
  • Don’t  turn or twist your legs or toes inward.
  • Don’t  cross your legs or ankles.
  • Only sleep on your back or unaffected side, not on your stomach.
  • Opt for a firm mattress.
  • If you become uncomfortable, change positions.

You’ll likely not be able to sleep on your repaired side for at least six weeks after your surgery. Wait for your doctor to give you the all-clear to sleep on your repaired side, and only sleep on that side when it’s comfortable. Remember to listen to your body and you’ll get the sleep you need.

How Long Do You Need to Use a Walker After Hip Surgery?

In many cases, you’ll need a walking aid such as crutches or a walker for two to four weeks after your surgery. Your healthcare provider may also suggest that you use a cane for a while after the crutches or walker until you’re able to walk without a limp.

Recover in Style at Garden Plaza of Florissant

Even after a hip replacement, you want to maintain as much autonomy as possible. If you want to continue living an independent lifestyle while still receiving the assistance you need, the assisted living community at Garden Plaza of Florissant is the place for you.

Here, we focus on helping you live the life you deserve through our many services and amenities, including home-cooked meals, transportation services and social activities that change monthly. And thanks to our friendly team members, you won’t have to worry about housekeeping or maintenance. At Garden Plaza, you’ll be able to recover in peace and enjoy your days.

To learn more about how our assisted living community can help with your recovery process and beyond, contact our team today.

 

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