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What Happens After Hip Surgery?

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Dr. Belongie meets with each patient and discusses their individual surgery and recovery plan before they ever go to the hospital.  Whether researching hip surgery or caring for a loved one that is having a hip replacement, it is helpful to know what to expect so that you can be prepared.  Here is our breakdown of what happens after hip surgery:

Recovery Room

Patients are typically placed into a recovery room immediately following the surgery.  Here they are closely monitored until they wake up.

Hospital Stay

Most people stay in the hospital for three or four days, depending on the extent of the surgery and any complications.  During this time, patients are monitored and meet with both the doctor and physical therapist to discuss the full recovery plan.

Physical Therapy

Each patient is given an individualized physical therapy plan to follow.  This will include exercises to do while in the hospital, at home, and during PT appointments.  It is important to follow the plan in order to fully recover and prevent further injuries.

Sedentary Time Frame

For the first week, you are home it is unlikely that you will be able to care for yourself.  We recommend having help from family members, in home care, or a nursing home.  You will slowly regain the ability to move as you did before, with most patients fully recovered by week six.


The incision area may feel irritated or sting.  The easiest way to relieve the discomfort is to use an ice pack.  The staples typically stay in for fourteen days, after which you will go to the hospital or doctor’s office to have them removed.

Office Visits

You will have regular office visits to follow up, monitor progress, and ensure that you are healing appropriately.  It is important to follow the doctor and physical therapists recommendations in order to experience the greatest health benefits from your hip surgery.  Surgery, while necessary, is never enjoyable.  Follow instructions to make sure you don’t have to undergo the same surgery twice.

For more information on hip surgeries, orthopedic surgery and procedures, or recovery time, schedule an appointment with Dr. Belongie.  He is approachable and happy to answer your questions.

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