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Hip Replacement Recovery: What to Expect, Timelines, and Outcomes

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Many people recover fully from a hip replacement within three months.

Many people recover fully from a hip replacement within three months.

Author's Note

Several years ago, my uncle had total hip replacement surgery. When I searched for information about the operation and recovery, there was little to be found. So, with help from an orthopedic nurse, I wrote this article in order to provide others with an outline of what to expect.

Since publication, the article has acquired nearly 3,000 comments.

It is these comments that make the page valuable. For a purely medical perspective, there is now a wonderful resource here: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/hip-replacement-surgery

For more detailed and personal experiences, the forum (at the bottom of this page), is an invaluable resource.

The Operation

Any surgery brings its worries but hip operations are routine and the techniques are well tested. Around 300,000 operations were performed last year in the US, alone. There is a very low rate of complications and hip replacement recovery is usually very good. For many people, a return to simple activities like walking a dog without pain is the gift of a lifetime.

As long as you have chosen a reputable hospital you should be able to let your medical team conduct your aftercare with full confidence. They know what is normal and expected during recovery and what is not. As long as you keep them fully informed of how you feel, they can take the best steps to reassure you or tackle any problems.

The operation will take around 3 hours.

The operation will take around 3 hours.

Typical Recovery Timeline

  1. The operation takes up to 3 hours.
  2. You will be monitored in a recovery room until you wake up.
  3. Once you are awake and ready to move, you will be taken to your hospital room.
  4. From the first day after surgery until you leave the hospital, a physical therapist will introduce you to various exercises to speed up a return to full mobility in your hip.
  5. Returning home- you can travel in a normal car, though you will need to keep your leg straight. Some people with smaller cars remove the front passenger seat of their car and sit in the back. Usually, this isn't necessary. Your nurse can advise.
  6. After you return home (usually between one and three days after the operation) a physical therapist will work with you 3 or 4 times a week.
  7. Staples closing the incision (or incisions) will be removed after 14 days.
  8. You will be encouraged to gradually build up the amount of exercise as the weeks pass, though it is important to avoid falling and stairs will be a problem without the help of crutches or a walker.
  9. You can start driving again about six weeks after the operation unless you are still using pain medication.
  10. Follow-up visits to your surgeon are typically at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months.
The fitter you were before the operation, the better your chance of full recovery.

The fitter you were before the operation, the better your chance of full recovery.

Full Recovery

For many people, their new hip is a joy to use after only three months. They can walk long distances, cycle, and even hike up mountains. For others, recovery might take longer- perhaps even a full year. This depends on many factors like pre-operation fitness, age, weight, discipline in following exercise routines, etc. Certainly, the more closely you follow medical advice and the more you talk to your doctor, the more likely you will recover at an optimal rate.

Lifetime of Replacement Hip

Technology is always advancing and hip replacements are lasting longer and longer. A recent study found that the majority of hip replacements installed twenty-five years ago are still fully functional.

The lifetime of new prosthetics is expected to be even longer.

Complications of Hip Replacement Surgery

Blood clots in the leg need to be carefully managed by the medical team with medication and special stockings.

About 2 percent of patients will suffer a serious infection. This usually results from bacteria entering the body after the operation, sometimes from dental work or sometimes from skin or urinary infections. Any dental work should be preceded by a course of antibiotics.

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Patients' Post-Surgery Difficulties

Shortly after surgery:

  • A burning sensation around the area of the incision. This can be treated with icepacks. The incision area should be kept dry, though.
  • During sleep, you shouldn’t cross the operated leg over the 'center line' of the body for a few weeks to avoid stressing the muscles and ligaments of the hip. Use plenty of pillows to support the leg comfortably and keep it in place.
  • Pain in areas around the hip not previously affected. Trauma to various tissues during surgery can result in temporary pain- always mention any discomfort to your doctor.
  • Clunking sounds from the prosthetic. In the first few months after surgery, the muscles that normally keep the hip joint tightly in place may be too weak. This can cause partial separation of the ball and socket, resulting in strange sounds. These should disappear with time. If there is any pain, talk to a doctor as soon as possible.
  • Emotional impacts. Some people have unrealistic expectations of the amount of time it will take to recover. They feel bad that they are letting people at work or home down or that they are a burden after the operation. There are some great, candid discussions in the forums linked below. Thinking- and talking- issues like this through before your operation could save a lot of upset.

After a few months:

  • Stiffness after sitting down for a while, which might mean using a stick to start walking.
  • Sudden jarring of the foot (produced by jumping say) can cause pain
  • The joint may squeak during prolonged exercise.
  • Hip replacement recovery after a year or so
  • The vast majority of people simply forget they have ever had a hip replacement.

Hip Replacement Recovery Forum

The forum below is vast and can be opened successively in increments of 500 posts.

If you have a particular issue, the search feature in your page browser can help you to find comments that are relevant.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Forum

Deb on July 08, 2020:

I am 2 1/2 weeks post anterior replacement, the first week 1/2 was brutal. I had developed a large hematoma and was literally black & blue (and various other interesting colors) from my toes to my hip. I actually have some pain in and around my knee. I'm not having pain so much now as stiffness and tightness around the incision site. Night time is still a challenge, I still need a bit of morphine at some point, hoping to stop soon! I was in good shape (64 yrs old, small, fit) when I went in so I should heal very well. I find I have some fear around doing certain things but started rehab today. looking forward to normal again!!

Jeff on May 19, 2020:

Is is possible to contra dance after a hip replacement?

Sue Jones on May 14, 2020:

I am 4 months post hip replacement surgery and have been walking every day now during quarantine about 30 mins ... the walking has really helped me the most. I still have difficulty doing the clamshell exercise on hip replacement side but I am so happy I had this surgery. No regrets whatsoever!!! I can't wait to walk on the beach...

Ian Anderson on May 10, 2020:

I am one year post operative for my hip replacement. A little stiffness first thing in the morning and that is the only residual after effect. I cannot say enough good things about the increase in quality of life. A year ago I could not walk without a cane; today I am walking 5 miles/day. I can hardly wait for things to open up again (parks, etc.) so I can enjoy my new mobility. It took me about 6 weeks post surgery to walk without any aids and I have never looked back.

Alice Sanchez on March 30, 2020:

I am 4 years post left hip replacement. Last fall I started having problems sitting for long period is discomfort to buttocks on surgery side. It progressed to groin pain, pain on side of hip and constant limping. I can't get up from a sitting position without pain and am unable to put weight on that side for a few seconds. I have seen an ortho dr and have had mri, bone scan and physical therapy and no relief. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Peszleg Gabriela on March 21, 2020:

The information was very good and very detailed, thank you very much. Wish you the best, Gabriela. -

Sue Jones on March 21, 2020:

Does anyone know of a good visual hip replacement workout for 2 months post hip replacement surgery? Most of the initial exercises I was given are not needed at this point...Thanks.

milero from Gloucester UK on March 04, 2020:

Michelle, seems you are making good progress, I would urge you to go back to your consultant as soon as you can, speak to the experts

Michelle Jarosinski on March 03, 2020:

I am 12 weeks in from rt replacement hip surgery and all has gone ok. I currently ride 12 - 15 miles a week and I am back to work. My concern is that once I get up from sleeping or seated position the entire area of both hips are stiff and painful. Similar to the reason I had surgery.

Once I begin walking it all seems to relax and less pain. Is this normal?

Tommy S on February 26, 2020:

I am having the pain down to my right knee also. I am 3 weeks out today. I am 66 years old and will admit that I about half way did my exercises before and was not in very good shape before either. The pt is killing me and the home exercises have not been too bad. I woke up this morning and felt like I did a week or so ago. Any one considering this surgery do ...I say do what they tell you to do.

hsjones on February 24, 2020:

I am 5 weeks out today from Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery. Still using cane, but also trying to walk around house without cane. I am in a better place than I was 2 weeks ago. Have become an avid mall walker...I seem to have a limp when I walk without cane...Hope that goes away. No regrets with decision to have this surgery.

JOHN K. on January 23, 2020:

ok it has been 9 days since my hip replacement surgery to replace another older one from 2001, that I guess was loose. i'm at a younger age ( 63 ) than most that need or get a hip replacement. It seems like it's been a slow long haul of recovering after surgery. Finally did check out many forums and articles pertaining to hip replacement timelines and what to expect. First gotta get 76 staples out my thigh, that will feel good. I know I have not spent much time exercising and could not figure out why everything was taking so long. Just didn't feel like exercising, my mistake, ya gotta go through the rehab time. I was and still very stiff when getting around so will begin to stretch more. Hoping to get around much more normal in another week 10 days,

Mrs J A Lewis on January 21, 2020:

I am still experiencing discomfort,stiffness and loss of mobility three months after my operation. I feel most of the pain on the outer side of my knee on the same side as the hip that was replaced. Six years ago my other hip was replaced and the recovery time was much faster. As a result I am feeling anxious and despondent.

milero from Gloucester UK on January 02, 2020:

Laura and Christine I would recommend you contact your surgeon and go back for a consultation, ask all the questions you feel need answering and be sure to get the correct information.

Sue I would recommend consulting a specialist physiotherapist in hip replacement recovery and asking them , I certainly was not putting on shoes before 2 months post op

Sue on January 02, 2020:

I still can’t put my shoes on after hip replacement it’s 4 weeks also I am itchy

Christine Mirabella on December 07, 2019:

On my right hip I had a full hip replacement I'm noticing that 2 and 1/2 years later the hip that they supposedly fixed there is a little pain burning but it looks higher than the other I didn't I didn't have this before it don't look right

LauraJHunt on November 23, 2019:

I am almost two weeks post anterior hip replacement surgery. I am using a cane and am doing the required exercises twice a day. The top of my quad/thigh feels like a brick - so hard. It’s not painful but so extremely tight. I feel like this is getting worse in last couple days. Is this normal? My first post op dr appointment isn’t for another week. Maybe I’m doing too much? Kitchen pick up/ showering/dinners etc. No work for 3 more weeks. And when I get out of bed and raise my leg a bit I have groin pain. Is that normal too? Thanks for any insight !

Allan Brooke on November 03, 2019:

To Helen

I think your husband should book an appointment with your GP to check for any infection and have the dressing replaced. My dressing was removed after 10 days and I had to body wash for another week.

Helen Shaw on November 02, 2019:

my Husband has just had hip replacement 1 week ago they have told him not to take bandage of for another week and he can shower is this normal as bandage is coming loose around the sides and weeping a bit.

Barbra on October 15, 2019:

Had a left THR with anterior approach on 29 May 19. Used walker for about 9 days, then ditched it for a cane. Stopped pain meds at about 2 weeks so I could drive myself to PT. Used cane until 4 weeks then went back to work with no aids. Graduated from PT after about 10 weeks and started back in the gym. All was going well until I added sit ups to my routine. Now have pain when I lift my leg and/or do sit ups. Not the same pain as before the surgery, but also not what I wanted after doing so well after the surgery. Seeing ortho doc again to discuss new pain. I have a small leg length discrepancy, but I use a heel lift in the unaffected side and I don't notice a difference anymore. We tried a minimally invasive procedure to delay surgery, but that made things worse. Similar to PRP, they drew bone marrow from my pelvis, spun it down and then injected the stem cells into the joint. Gave me EXTREME knee pain and actually put me on crutches as I could not bear weight on that leg. Surgery (mostly) resolved that pain. We shall see!

Laurel Owens on October 08, 2019:

Thank you so much Aloha Leslie! I will get that checked

Aloha Leslie on October 07, 2019:

Laurel, I'm a new hip replacement, only 6 weeks out, so can't identify with your current issue. It sounds like you may have "foot drop." This means that the muscles/nerves that cause your foot and toes to come toward your nose (dorsi flexion) aren't firing correctly. Hence, you trip over stairs, rugs, etc. It could be from lower back issues or your leg muscles (tibialist anterior). I'm not a doctor, though I am a medical massage therapist. My suggestion is to visit your doc and perhaps have some PT or any other tests he/she may suggest. Hang in there. All my best!!!

Laurel Owens on October 02, 2019:

I am 6 years post-op from both hip replacements and I am suddenly having gait problems. No pain but I am walking unevenly and I fall forward daily. I think I broke my wrist with this last fall. My left foot seems to catch on floor bringing me to a sudden stop and over I go. Anyone else have any issues like this?

Aloha Leslie on October 02, 2019:

Words of encouragment: I am five weeks post Anterior RHR and began working yesterday. I'm a medical massage therapist and am thrilled that I am back to work so soon as my profession requires a lot of leg work. My new hip finally is beginning to feel like it's part of my body and not some alien that has jumped in! It feels strong, still a bit sore in the quad muscles and ITBand, but definitely an improvement from even a week ago. I will have my first surgeon post op appointment and hope to get the go ahead to begin getting back on the pickleball courts. Nothing heavy duty, but getting my body used to moving again. My intention is to listen to my body to see how it does...if all goes well, I will continue. If I detect any resistance as in pain, etc. I will wait awhile longer. Good luck to all.

spirehip on October 01, 2019:

Was good to read your comments Ian. I too am trying to wean myself from the painkillers and although doing the daily exercise at present is painful, causing more back ache than hip pain, I am seeing a slow improvement. Hip pain has gone, just post op niggles. I am due to see my surgeon next week and another follow up physio appointment. This will probably be the last one as I am from the UK and follow up probably stops at 6 weeks unless things have changed from my last op.

Ian on September 29, 2019:

I found that at about 6 weeks, things got better exponentially. Every day after that was better, better and better. I found that I tried to wean myself off the painkillers too early and that set me back. I found that doing the daily exercises really helped. I would say I was depressed for the first month thinking I had made a huge mistake getting the surgery, but after 3 months thought it was the best thing ever. Probably the most important item for me was not to listen to others recovery timelines, everyone is different so listen to your doctor and physiotherapist.

spirehip on September 25, 2019:

Hi, Am 4 weeks in from my second hip replacement, having had no.1 done in 2012. Have forgotten recovery times, Sleeping on my back really difficult, now in a sleeplessness spiral. Graduated from walking frame to crutches. Hip pain doing well, but have severe back ache. Doing physio exercises, am walking around regularly but feel I should be able to do more. Am I being realistic. I am 76 years young.

Walt on September 08, 2019:

Day 19. some pain. I have a lot of anxiety. Can't stay still at all during the day.

Marjo on August 06, 2019:

Ian: I am not climbing hills yet however knee pain is gone. Have been going for pt the last 4 was. Hip feels great. I can now sleep on my right side. Good luck with your therapy.

Glacierlily007@yahoo.com on July 29, 2019:

I posted extensively about my first hip replacement in Feb. Now I’m two weeks out with hip number two. Get staples out tomorrow. A completely different experience. Quad muscle has given me problems but I never took any pain meds after the hospital. Ive only taken Tylenol and gabapentin for nerves, why? I didn’t want the constipation I had taking oxy after first hip. It’s really been tolerable. Hip itself hasn’t had pain. More the muscles in leg. I will say I e been more active this time than I was on oxy. I think part of the pain pill issue is fear of pain coming rather than actual pain. I alternate at two weeks between the walker and cane. Going upstairs is fine except I still do one foot at a time. I have the sensation one leg is longer- drives me nuts. But I’ve been told at Duke that’s normal for a while and goes away. Hope so.

Ian on July 26, 2019:

Marjo: It is now about 3 months from my surgery and all is good. I have been walking up a hill for about an hour daily and just some minor stiffness. My surgeon tells me my right leg is now 1/10 of an inch longer, which is not clinically significant. Now I begin some physio to help with my flexibility.

Marjo on July 19, 2019:

The pain in my knee is getting better almost 7 wks post-op. A little limp still. I am hoping that goes away as I walk more.

Ian on July 11, 2019:

Marjo, my surgeon requested an x-ray of my hip. He indicated the alignment was good and the implants looked stable. He asked me to get an AP Pelvic X-ray to determine if there is an issue with leg length. I plan to do this in the next 10 days.

Rob on July 10, 2019:

I have had a PROSTALAC hip spacer for almost 6 years and the cement is now degrading causing infection in my femoral bone. Even though I am informed of the debridement involved in my operation will that be a concern after my total hip replacement?

Ian on July 09, 2019:

Marjo: Yes, I had Hip replacement May 6 of this year and I had pain in my knee. It has since disappeared, but I was told in Physio and by the surgeon that this is quite typical.

Marjo on July 07, 2019:

Does anyone have pain in their knee after hip replacement?

Jim Joyce on July 03, 2019:

I am 79. Had a hip replacement almost 6 months ago. In hospital I had a severe reaction to morphine and was nauseous for the first 4 days. I couldn't eat and keep anything down. I was walking around with the aid of a walker and then crutches, while carrying a vomit bag. Suddenly the nausea went following a change of meds and I felt real again. I was totally off crutches and out socialising 3 weeks after surgery. I came off pain meds after 6 weeks. My surgery was different in that I was born with a hip deformity resulting in one leg being 3 cm shorter that the other. The surgery allowed me to have legs of the same length for the first time in my life. I came onto this site looking for experiences of others. I am now almost 5 months post op. I can walk long distances, have stiffness in my hip after sitting for a while, and a minimal ache from tendonitis in my other knee.

Ian on July 02, 2019:

Had a full hip replacement on May 6th at the Duval Clinic in Laval, Quebec. I live in Alberta, but the surgery wait time was 18 months, since I could hardly walk, I paid a private clinic for the surgery and they had me on the table in 3 weeks. I currently can walk without a cane and managing the pain with Tylenol. I find that the recovery during the first 6 weeks was slow, but now find exponential improvement. Certainly there is stiffness in the first few strides every time I get up. I still have difficulty bending over.

Marjo on June 27, 2019:

Wondering about uneven leg length?

milero from Gloucester UK on June 25, 2019:

Linda, I would suggest an ice pack on the area for 10 mins when you can , it may help

Linda on June 25, 2019:

Had my right hip done 6 months ago and everything went very well.

3 days ago I took a long hike and since have had a burning sensation in the replacement area. Should I be concerned

Peter on June 19, 2019:

Hi everyone. I am 51 and I have just had my second hip replacement, my left first then my right.

I am three weeks five days post op and walking unaided.

I took my first steps without aids at two weeks and three days so my recovery has been good and better than my first hip.

However I am struggling mentally and physically with my leg length as it seems to be about 18 mm longer than my other leg.

I have been measured by my family on both legs standing against the wall and this seems accurate.

I am will be seeing my surgeon at six weeks but obviously the surgery is done and there's no going back.

Has anyone had this problem and will it be difficult to live with?

Thanks Peter

Margaret dilloway on June 11, 2019:

Had my left THR in February and was walking without crutches so well at 6 week check that consultant offered to replace other hip in May. Had epidural and sedation and knew nothing about it at all. Am two weeks in and a bit fed up of going back to the beginning again. Post op experiences very different with each replacement but I’m managing to walk dog a few hundred yards and back in the evening using one crutch. I feel I was more advanced mobility wise last time but others tell me I wasn’t. Can’t wait to be crutch free and walking in the park and gardening and driving. I see those weeds and can’t bend to pull them out. Last time I mowed the lawn at 4 weeks and was driving at 5 weeks. Hope it’s the same this time

Kerry Glacierlily on June 01, 2019:

Hi Anna,

I had a spinal nerve block which numbed my leg for several hours. They then put me to sleep without general. This was 3 months ago. Having second one done in July. I was really afraid of a spinal but it really wasn’t bad. My recovery was amazing and much faster from not having general anesthesia. It takes 30 days to metabolize general anesthesia and I was glad it wasn’t in my body. Plan to repeat this for second.

Anna Jaffey on May 31, 2019:

What are people’s experience of having no general anaesthetic for their hip replacement

milero from Gloucester UK on May 30, 2019:

William, I would agree that changing to another therapist may help, I would also suggest going back to your surgeon and speaking with him and getting an answer.

William Poplaski on May 29, 2019:

I had a total hip replacement 1 yr. ago. I’m still not able to walk without the use of a cane. I had physical therapy didn’t seem to help. I’m in the pits and considering going to a different physical therapist. I’m 70 yrs. old. I read all these people who shortly after surgery are back to their old routines. Do any of you think more therapy might help?

Andrea Churchill on May 23, 2019:

I had my surgery April 16/19. Total hip replacement on the right side. I’m 43. I was in hospital 3 days. First 2 weeks were rough sleeping because I’m a side sleeper and being on my back all the time was rough. But I made it through with the help of my recliner. By the third week I was up for trips to my in-laws and the grocery stores. I gave up my walker 4 1/2 weeks in and now walking very strongly with a cane. Not to the point where I can give it up but still walking strong with it. Saw my PT. Said I could return to my gentle aqua fit swim class with a few exemptions to certain movements. I will be 6 weeks out when I start that. Looking forward to getting some physical activity in. Overall I was scared to get the hip replaced but now I know that it was the best thing for me and my health both physically and mentally. I need the left hip done aswell. I was full of arthritis in both hips. The sooner the better I hope to get the left one done. I know that it’s a long recovery to be completely healed, but I definitely feel a lot better already.

JoAnne Smith , 72 on April 10, 2019:

Had left HRS a week ago. Home 2 days after surgery walking with walker 20 times a day the length of 3,000 sq foot single story home Take Aspirin and Tramadol - 50 mgm every 6 hours. Have site pain and bruising on left side. Trying to be patient and do exercises - minor site infection Great Dr - Dr Delgado Know this needs patience, endurance and doing what I am told.

Looking forward to outcome as a healthier woman.

juliemash on April 02, 2019:

I am coming up to my 6 weeks after THR. I too have tingling/pins and needles in foot of operated leg. I have only just started using one crutch, fairly easily though. I still have stiffness in the top of my thigh, sometimes pain when my heel hits the floor walking. I sit down a lot to do pc work and often forget to walk about even every hour. I seem to be doing my exercises fairly easily but cannot imagine returning to work next week. Can't imagine walking easily once again. 59 yrs.

Zak on March 15, 2019:

Hi I am 76 and in will have my 6 week check up with my surgeon in 5 days. My problem is a numbness in my toes and the top of my foot on that side. I reported it each time I had pt or when the nurse came to visit. Now I am in outpatient pt. It seems to affect me worst at night with pain. There is no swelling or discoloration I walk with the cane . I worry about DVT but when ever I reported it I got no response from my surgeon

Rita Jones on March 10, 2019:

I am 71 old and just over 4 weeks ago I had a hip replacement after a bad fall, my hip is getting stronger every day, the problem I have is that I am getting a lot of pain in my left knee, the left side is where I broke my hip, could this just be coincidence or due to the hip replacement.

Glacierlily007@yahoo.vom on February 27, 2019:

Week two post op summary:

Week two presented a challenge and a set back from my great week one. My hip is doing great but the THR was on same side as past total knee replacement. That knee swelled to twice it’s size as I approached one week postop. So for days 8-12 I couldn’t put full weight on knee as there was an internal pain far greater than hip. I had to elevate and ice knee for days. Finally at two week postop they xrayed it. Diagnosis was IT Band . It’s the big ligament that runs from hip to knee.

It’s getting better but really set me back on hip progress. However with a cane at two weeks two days, I am now walking up and down stairs alternating feet.

The dislocation aspect is really scarey. I’ve been warned that it takes 8 weeks to be out of danger of that. I threw out the horrible stockings and switched to some kind of body slimmer tights that are footless but very tight. Way more comfortable. I take gabapentin three times a day for nerve pain that use to go from hip to knee and it’s better. At night if I hurt lying down I take a tramadol which I had to get from GP as my ortho wouldn’t give me anything.

I am able to cook pretty well now and even vacuumed today. As Long as you don’t bend over incorrectly lots of things are possible at two weeks postop. I could easily drive if it wasn’t for dislocation potential. I promised to wait till week three. Things are really challenging when you live alone.

Colleen, I’m so sorry to hear about your difficulties. Clearly we are all different in how we heal.

Colleen Meegan on February 23, 2019:

"Emotional impacts. Some people have unrealistic expectations of the amount of time it will take to recover."

Yes, based upon all the literature I've read, including this article, I am way behind. I'm a redhead. I hurt--very very bad, but the surgeon's goal was to take me off pain meds. When I told him my goal was adequate pain management, he discontinued my pain meds. I make hematomas & seromas (which are painful). I bleed--my Hgb bottomed out at 6. With that, a pressure of 70/40. It took him over 24 to transfuse me. I told all this to my surgeon pre-op. Was he not listening or is he a monster? I'm over 4 weeks post-op. Can barely bear weight on my affected leg (much better with pain meds on board). Pain is a stressor that can, among other things, delay healing. My overall emotion is anger.

milero from Gloucester UK on February 19, 2019:

Good to see you all doing well, please please be patient with your recovery, remember to not bend or stoop to far in the first 2- 3 weeks, my profile picture is of my dislocated left hip that occurred after 7 days, when bending slightly, the most pain ive ever had in my life, 6 hours in A & E waiting for it to be put back in only for all the muscles to tear and it to dislocate again... be patient folks

Glacierlily007@yahoo.com on February 18, 2019:

Hi Everyone,

I had THR one week ago today. Today I walked with a cane all day, went up my stairs 8 times, and a short walk outside with my PT. I’ve been off pain meds for two days now except the Tylenol and gabapentin. It was a rough week getting bathroom regular but feel good today. I never used crutches. Went from walker straight to cane. I hope these posts about the first week helps someone. I’m not typical though. The PT said I recovered faster than average. Still have to watch my movements for dislocation which are high risk for first two weeks. Good luck everyone.

glacierlily007@yahoo.com on February 13, 2019:

Day 2 post-op. I came come yesterday afternoon, post op day 1. Pain very controllable with oxycodone, gabapentin and baby aspirin. Weakness in legs makes it hard to get up from a flat bed or my lazy boy but doable. I have needed help getting food because I can’t use the walker and carry food to where I want to eat it.

I got a basket for my walker which is indispensable but it’s a rectangular shape and not everything fits. Use a water bottle that fits in basket.

I definitely recommend having two grabbers! One inevitably falls on floor and you need second one to get it.

I got dressed alone except for compression stockings - you have to have help getting them on and off. But you don’t have to do it everyday. I have personally not needed a stand alone potty. If you are able to walk in bathroom in hospital after the numbness wears off, you won’t need it. If you need it post-op day one then you might.

I am full weight bearing day two post op and if I didn’t have dogs I could use a cane. But a walker is really nice and more restful and secure than a cane and keeps the dogs at bay.

I’ve had no problems sleeping flat at night on bed.

It helps to group and label all your meds in a central location with post -its .

There are lots of meds you’ll take and some are 2x day, some 1 time day and some 3x day.

It’s really important to drink a lot of water and forgo soda. You’ll have dry mouth and I was drinking about 32oz of water every hour and a half! Try not to have juice or soda because that’s ALOT of sugar. I also feel that it’s helped flush a lot of surgery drugs of of my system.

I’m sleepy a lot on post op day 2.

Hope this helps.

Glacierlily007@yahoo.com on February 12, 2019:

Well it’s been exactly 28 hours since the recovery room! I can put full weight on my leg! This morning I had OT then PT.

In PT, I walked up and down stairs several times with a walker not crutches. A new one for me.

Then I practiced getting in and out of a fake car. Nurses getting aggravated with me because I just get up and go to bathroom by my self. I don’t have any pain, I have tenderness at hip wound site but with oral Oxycodone and

gabapentin I feel no pain. I’m going home at 3:00pm! 29 hours after recovery room. I’ll be on baby aspirin as well.

Don’t put it off - if you need it do it. I’ll have my second one done in 3 months.

Try to have your gluts and quads as strong as possible before surgery. It will really help. ( thanks Maria)

Maria1520 on February 12, 2019:

Hi glacier and Wsmith,

Glad you are both doing well. I had my left THR done in July of 2017. I can say I had a difficult time right after surgery when I had my walker. When I graduated to the cane I felt better. Now that I am almost 2 years post op I can say I feel great. It didn’t take 2 years to feel like this but it took me some time. If I ever had to do this again I would not wait that long to get it done. I feel great and you should too! The only thing that I experience as a nuisance is not being able to lay on my left side for long periods of time. Does anyone else have any nuisances?

Glacier on February 11, 2019:

Hi everyone,

I just had hip replacement THIS morning. Decided to post my progress in early stages real time because I found it missing on this blog.

Surgery 7:15am 2/11 to 9:15am

Recovery 9-15-10:30

Room 10:30, numb but very alert.

So I had a spinal block. Then a gentle sleep with propathol. I was in my room by 10:30. The PT came and got me up for potty by bed. Very very unstable because legs were still numb.

Second potty: legs have feeling and I did wellbgetting up at 1:00pm.

I am now in some pain. Maybe a level 5 of throbbing. They just gave me 10 mg of oxy orally at 1:15.... not really working. I was able to eat lunch though.

I have a foam wedge between my legs to keep from crossing it. It’s annoying .

So that’s the first 5/6 hours post op.

Oh and I had a posterior approach but

Incision is really on the side. I would guess around an 8” incision.

wsmith6 on February 06, 2019:

I just had my one year followup appt for my anterior right side THR. The surgeon says my x-rays look great, I should be good for 20 to 25 years. I am 57 years old, so I may wear it out before I expire. I go back to see him in 5 years unless the left side gets too bad before then.

Meanwhile, I walk 10k steps per day, do yoga and lift weights. I still do the balance exercises, glute bridges and band walks I did in PT.

I have two co-workers who had THR within 6 months of my surgery. We all agree we are glad we had it done.

Glacierlily007@yahoo.com on February 05, 2019:

Thanks to everyone who responded!

Five days and counting till my hip replacement. I set up a bed room downstairs and am very very organised!

Already did all my spring yard cleanup too!

Maria1520 on January 31, 2019:

Hi Everyone,

I am 43 years old. I got my hip replacement in July 2017. I have been doing great ever since my surgery until recently. It’s nothing major but I’m wondering if anyone else feels the same thing. About 2 or 3 days ago I started to feel tinging on the front of my thigh where my hip replacement was performed. Has anyone else felt this? It’s not all day long it comes and goes. I notice it when I am walking.

Donald M. Ford on January 29, 2019:

I am 82 years old male ,had both my knees replaced 18 years ago. Had a complete hip replacement Nov. 5 th. 2018. Everything was doing find until 2 weeks ago and that leg become about 3/4" shorter then the other leg.Had ex-ray of my hip and everything was in place. Had my Sergent check picture and said everything looked good. Have an appointment Feb. 15, 2019.Don't know anymore. The other pother thing is both knees the pads are wore out.

Sharen on January 14, 2019:

I am 75, 12 weeks out from anterior hip replacement, walking two miles a day without walker or cane. Amazing!! It IS possible. I live alone and am doing great. Ice and Tylenol the first week were alI I needed. Don't be afraid. This was easier then seeing the dentist. I was home the next morning. Go for it!! I have my life back and am young again.

Lynda W on January 12, 2019:

Reply to Moe P:

Hi! I had anterior right hip replacement 12/10/18 and doing great! Can’t believe it!!! Walking dog 4 blocks, not using cane.

I had so much pain before surgery- it was unbearable- really. My right calf hurt & my back ached & now after surgery- no pain. Now if I overdo ..... my hip aches a little. I hope you’re having the anterior surgery- I had 15 stitches - 4 inches. My poor mother had the posterior years ago & had to stay inpatient rehab for 2 weeks. I’m so thrilled with the surgery! No need to suffer.

Hope this helps!

Best Wishes,

Lynda, Dallas, TX

Carol Johnson on January 09, 2019:

Kerry. I'm scheduled for a THR on Feb 5th of this year. Because I live alone, and have a small dog, my surgeon has suggested I spend my two weeks in the hospital's rehab facility. My Brother is going to keep my dog for me. Perhaps this would be an option for you.

Glacier on January 03, 2019:

Hi Dawn,

I’m wishing you a speedy recovery. I’m single so I’m concerned about what it will be like with no help. Is it doable??