A broken hip is one of the most common injuries for the elderly. If you are a patient undergoing or preparing for total hip replacement, you may want to know how long it’s going to take to recover from surgery. Typical recovery time varies and can be anywhere from one month to a year.
There are many factors to consider with recovery, but one of the most important factors is physically therapy. Both Pre-hab and rehabilitation will help reduce the total recovery time. Unfortunately, many patients skip or partially complete their PT program which may cause progress to stagnant. It’s best to consult with your orthopedic surgeon if your progress slows.
Recovery can be broken down into two phases short and long term.
Getting Back To A Normal Life
The short term recovery period is considered to be the early stages of your recovery. This includes the time right after surgery, up until the time you can walk comfortably without pain or assistance from a walking aid. It typically takes two or three days before you have stabilized and are able to go home from the hospital. Depending on your circumstance the total short term recovery may be from 3 to 5 weeks.
Making A Complete And Full Recovery
The long term recovery is about your total health and full recovery from hip surgery. Typically when you are able to get back to your normal day to day activities without pain you have made a full recovery. In most cases the normal full recovery is about 6 months, but recovery times will vary. Some people take up to a year to get back to the lifestyle they had before surgery.
Stay Committed And Motivated
Your commitment to rehabilitation and physical therapy will be the primary factor for your full recovery, so make sure you stay motivated and continue to increase your strength and range of motion. It will be difficult and painful in the beginning, but the pain will eventually subside and your hips will become stronger.
Get Expert Help If Needed
Recovery time will vary but a positive attitude and consistent physical therapy will vastly improve your chances of making a speedy full recovery. Keep great communication with your physical therapist and orthopedic surgeon to maximize your recovery time and avoid stagnation in your rehabilitation. If you need help or have questions, about hip replacement surgery, contact an Illinois Bone and Joint physician for immediate expert care.
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