hip replacement surgery

Post hip replacement surgery: What does the recovery life look like?

There are tons of questions going on in one’s mind before undergoing hip-replacement surgery. Whether life will go back to normal or the ongoing days will bring new challenges, the thoughts linger around a lot of conclusions, hopes, expectations and doubts.

Modern hip replacement surgeries have many approaches used by specialist surgeons. Amidst so many methods and techniques, it might be a challenge to figure out which method stands the best.

The most amazing part of dealing with a specialist orthopaedic surgeon in Gurgaon is the minimum hospital stay, surgery time, faster recovery and much lower chances of complications. Additionally, the innovation in medical science offers a better surgical process and easy recovery time.

Since the last decade, there’s been much improvement in hip replacement surgery in gurgaon methods, and the posterior and anterior approaches are part of them where minute details still vary. 

Here’s what your day at the hospital would look like on the day of the surgery: 

  • You are supposed to reach the hospital early morning and undergo medical tests.
  • Have a meeting with the surgeon and anesthesiologist
  • Sedation process with regional anaesthesia for procedures
  • The replacement of the joint through a tiny incision that is further replaced by a plastic, metal, or ceramic component. 

The surgery timing lies somewhere around an hour or two, but the recovery time is much longer than that.   

The hip replacement recovery timeline

For the first two days

The first few days after the surgery are the most vital ones where patients would need assistance in daily movements getting up from the bed, and walking across regular places. That does not mean that the patients shouldn’t move at all; rather, moving after every half-an-hour is essential to promote blood flow. All these facts indicate the need for careful movement.

Five days after the surgery

At this time, walking around will become easier as compared to others. The patient is already discharged from the hospital. Some activities might still be a challenge for the body that is in recovery mode. Your normal diet will do with prescribed oral medications. It is better to follow your doctor’s advice for all things like movements, diet, and exercise.

After ten days

The incision would still need care that includes not taking many and longer baths. Daily movements would still count as essential.

After weeks and months

Probably after weeks and months of recovery, things would go back to normal. And, after almost a year, the surgery is taken as complete. 

Dr Yugal Karkhur is an MBBS, MS, DNB, and MNAMS with a fellowship in Joint preservation & Adult Hip Reconstruction Surgery (Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, USA), fellowship in Joint placement surgery (Man Superspeciality Hospital, Saket, Delhi), and a fellowship in Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy ( Sports Injury Centre Safdarjung Hospital, Delhi). 

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