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A 36-year-old member asked:

what is recovery and rehab like after a hip replacement?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Comprehensive: Depending upon the type of hip rep. Surgery, one may begin range of motion and when authorized by surgeon, weight bearing. A therapist will work with you to restore motion, strengthen all muiscle groups needed for the hip joint and ambulation and then will begin balance, ambulatin and endurance exercises. Occupational therapy may be involved. This can go on for up to 4-6 weeks and beyond
Dr. James Shapiro
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 37 years experience
Easy: The recovery is faster and easier than you think. Exercise to strengthen the hip. Work on balance and gait pattern. Therapy will help you do all the above and make sure you know what you should and should not do.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

After rehabilitation of a hip replacement, what should a normal range of motion be?

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
It depends: The range of motion following hip replacement depends on the patient (host factors) and the surgeon (technique). Patients with good preoperative range of motion usually have better postoperative range of motion. However, component position, and offset, and residual soft tissue tension can also affect postoperative postion.
A 35-year-old member asked:

After a hip replacement are you required to go into rehab; for how long?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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No: There is no "requirement" that a person go to a rehab facility after a hip replacement but it is considered the standard of care for most with this operation. I am sure that some people go home and have home physical therapy.
A 42-year-old member asked:

After a hip replacement does everyone go into rehab?

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Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
No: People who have had a total hip replacement need physical therapy afterward. If the patient can walk a certain amount safely, then the patient can go home after the hospital stay. Often times, those patients who go home qualify for in-home pt and nursing. If they cannot walk enough, the patient goes to rehab until they do achieve those goals.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Just got a hip replacement. How long will I be in rehab for?

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Dr. Francis Kempf
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A week: If you are going to a rehab facility, you would usually be in the rehab center for a week or less. People will then have at home or outpatient rehabilitation for approximately 4-6 weeks depending on their recovery and response.

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