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How to Recover from Hip Surgery

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Hip surgery is a major procedure that will improve your overall movement, reduce pain, and give you a better quality of life. Modern surgical techniques are less invasive and reduce recovery time. It can still take months to recover, and the exact amount of time will depend on your body and whether or not you follow a physical therapy plan.

Once released from the hospital your doctor will tell you what movements and exercises you are cleared for. It is important to be cautious after surgery in order to prevent reinjuring your hip. By following these tips, you can be on the road to a full recovery.

Small Exercises
Simple exercises like pumping your ankles and contracting and releasing your leg and buttocks muscles will prevent your muscles from weakening without putting strain on your hips.

How to do Ankle Pumps
Simply push your foot up and down several times in a row. You can do this as frequently as you like.

Knee Bends
This should be done when you are laying down on the bed. Keep your heel on the bed and bend your knee upwards. Keep your knee pointed straight up without letting it roll to the side.

Straight Leg Raises
Lay on the bed with your knee pointed straight up. Tighten your thigh muscle and carefully lift your leg up several inches. Rest and repeat.

Once you have been cleared for exercises standing up, make sure to hold onto the wall or a chair initially. It is easy to lose your balance and fall, which can reinjure your hip. Practice caution and stay safe.

Standing Knee Raises
Hold on to a chair and lift you knee up towards your chest. Do not raise your knee above your waste. Hold for three counts, put your knee back down, and repeat ten times. Do three sets of ten.

Eat Well
It is important to have a well balanced diet to promote your overall health and give your body the nutrition it needs to be strong and heal itself. Your diet should include plenty of green leafy vegetables, protein, fiber, calcium, and vitamins C and D. Include super foods like Kale into your diet.

Rest
The body needs sleep in order to function. Stay well rested and get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Talk to your doctor if you are in pain and having difficulty sleeping.

Use a walker as directed.
It is important to prevent reinjuring your hip. Using a walker can take getting used to but it is a necessary precaution while you are recovering.

Attend Physical Therapy
Go to physical therapy as directed by your doctor and follow the exercise instructions they give you. Not completing physical therapy will increase your likelihood of injuring the hip again or having strain put on other parts of the body. If you do not strengthen your new hip properly, it can lead to back and knee problems.

Dr. Belongie is always available for answering questions and meet with you to discuss your condition and what the recovery steps will look like.

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