So you’re having a hip replacement surgery, but you’re not sure what to expect post-operation? This blog post is meant to ease some of your worry, and get you on the road to a full and quick recovery!
Many people are understandably nervous prior to their surgery, but you should know that hip replacement surgery has a very low rate of complications. In fact, less than two percent of patients experience some form of serious infection due to the surgery. The biggest complication from hip replacement surgery is the chance of blood clots in the legs and pelvic region. Here is a list of signs of infection and blood clots you can look out for directly following your operation.
Signs of Infection
– Increasing redness and inflammation around the wound
– Elevated Fever
– Increasing pain during rest and activity
Signs of Blood Clots
– Tenderness around the knee, not caused by your wound
– Severe swelling of the leg
Once You Arrive Home
Once you arrive home, you will need assistance from a loved one or from a nurse for several weeks before you’re able to resume your normal activity. Be sure to organize your family and friends before your operation, as you will need plenty of assistance, especially the first week after your surgery. The first thing you should know is that proper wound care is paramount. Be sure to keep your wound clean and dry, changing the dressing when necessary. You should also be sure to take your medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor, which may include antibiotics if you’re at an increased risk of infection. And lastly, you should take your physical therapy and other exercises seriously, and be sure to do them religiously.
Resuming Normal Life
When you first arrive home, you should try to stay as active as possible, without over-doing it. You will start to notice that gradually you start to regain movement and flexibility of your new hip. Again, try not to do too much too soon, or you could end up with another injury that could set your recovery back some time. You should follow your doctors exercise advice, and if they don’t provide specific exercises for you, there are many resources online for that. In fact, we found one surgeon, Dr. David W. Miller Sr., who has pdf files for download that focuses solely on exercises following hip replacement surgery. Do your physical therapy exercises for at least two months, and at that point you should be close to back to your normal life.
I hope this article has helped ease your mind a bit about your upcoming hip replacement surgery. By doing research ahead of time, you’re already well on your way to making a full and speedy recovery.