Top Tips: How to Have a Successful Recovery After Hip Replacement Surgery

Senior couple resting after exercising

While total hip replacement (THR) surgery is still a major operation, your quality of life after the operation will enhance, leaving you with significantly less pain and with marked improvement in your mobility. ?It?s important to plan ahead and seriously take the advice of your doctor in order to have a successful and complication-free recovery. Here are tips to consider before and after having a hip replacement surgery to help have a successful recovery:

?1.????? Move and stay active.? Having a THR doesn’t mean you need to become a couch potato? It’s time to build up your endurance by having walking sessions or other exercises that will help to build your mobility.? The stronger you are going into your operation, the easier your recovery will be.

2.????? Think of your options and decide whether inpatient rehabilitation is better for you or if going home with services is more beneficial.? Once you are admitted, a case manager will assist you in making the proper decision for yourself.

3.????? Make your life easier by making your home user friendly by removing any obstacles or furniture that may be in your way.?

4.????? Maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Being overweight will contribute to excess pressure on the hips and make your recovery slower.

5.????? Maintain proper hip precautions during your post-operative period.

6.????? Avoid impact activities since these activities will significantly decrease the life of your new hip replacement.


Dr. Mathias Bostrom is an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery. He is a specialist in hip and knee surgery, especially in complex reconstructions.

Topics: Orthopedics
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  1. I am 87 years old and have had a total knee replacement of the left leg and a partial replacement on the right leg. Both legs bother me a great deal. I was told by a local doctor that both knees need to be replaced; I also have leaky heart valves. Do you think my age and my heart problem is a deterrence for this surgery?

    1. Hi Rose, thank you for your question. Dr. Charles Cornell, Orthopedic Surgeon, says: “Chronological age by itself is not the important factor- overall health is. We assess our patients in their 80s by several methods to determine if they are “FIT or UNFIT.” Many patients in their upper 80s have minor medical problems which do not pose a special risk for surgery. We know from our experience that joint replacement provides the same benefit as in younger patients as long as their overall health is good. We would have to evaluate the leaky valves and see how well the heart is functioning in order to assess the risk and prognosis. This can be done by an echocardiogram which is a painless non-invasive test. A stress test can also be performed using a drug to induce heart stress. If this patient has a cardiologist, he could provide advice as to the advisibility of surgery. If the risk is low then an orthopedic consultation to evaluate these knees would be recommended.” It is best to consult with your treating physician. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, please reach out to our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for assistance.

  2. Do you take medicare and also, the it the new one, the one where the operation is from the front…should you care to number is: 646-430=3663..Thanks

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