What is the normal recovery time? Time on
crutches? Time with a cane? Time before I can begin most normal
1 to 2 weeks 2 crutches, 1 to 2 weeks 1 crutch. No cane. What
is normal exercise? Actual daily living means 4 to 5 weeks. More
strenuous activities can begin from then one, like patient feels
for himself. Patient has to be his own barometer.
At home they walk with a pair of crutches
usually for about 10-15 days and when completely comfortable
discard the crutch on the side of the operation first. Then when
the other crutch is also felt unnecessary, this is also
discarded. Walking, climbing stairs or cycling can be done for
long periods of time.
There is no post –op restrictions after a Hip Resurfacing
operation and the patient can use it as a ‘normal hip’. However
the soft tissues around the Hip Joint,which were contracted at
the time of the hip disease,will take time to relax following
the excellent movement that has been restored in the hip. Hence
if there is pain while attempting a certain activity like
sitting on the floor, it implies the patient is not yet ready
for that particular activity. One can give a gap of about a week
and then try it again. Like wise the activity level improves in
a stepwise manner till the soft tissues also become normal.
Patient is ready for sports (inclusive of contact sport) at
about 3 months post-op.
Using minimally invasive techniques, advanced
multimodal pain management and rapid progression physical
therapy, the recovery is quite rapid. The hospital stay for
total hip replacement or hip surface replacement is only one or
two days and most patients do not even finish taking their
prescription (#40) narcotic tablets after they go home. Crutches
are only used for one to two weeks and return to work is quite
rapid. By six weeks postoperatively most patients have
significantly less pain than before surgery and walk one or two
miles with a slight limp. Full healing occurs by one year. For
more details, see my discussion in the hip information section.
Most patients are instructed to use two
elbow crutches for three to four weeks after operation. You will
then be advised to use one walking stick on the unoperated side
for a further three to four weeks. This timetable depends on the
extent of reconstruction that was necessary and the quality of
bone before operation and may need to be modified to suit each