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Hip Surgery

Hip Replacement Surgery / Hip Arthroplasty / Total Hip Replacement

  • How much walking is it safe to be doing in the weeks after your surgery?
  • How much pain is it normal to experience following hip joint replacement surgery?
  • Will you ever be able to garden, hike or run after your hip replacement surgery?

For people recovering from hip replacement surgery, common concerns include regaining mobility, effectively managing pain and discomfort, and determining when you can safely return to your regular activities and hobbies. Just like any surgical procedure, recovery from a total hip replacement varies from person to person. Your specific experience will depend on factors such as the type of surgery you underwent, your overall health, and the condition of your hip, and general mobility, before the procedure.

Common Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Difficulty with mobility
  • Bruising
  • Weakness
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Difficulty sleeping

It’s important to understand that the symptoms you’re experiencing are usually temporary. With consistent postoperative care, physiotherapy and exercise, your symptoms should gradually improve over the course of your recovery.

Whilst most discomfort is a natural part of recovery, certain signs warrant immediate medical attention. If you notice persistent redness, increased swelling, excessive pain, fever, or any other unusual symptoms, seek medical attention.

How can we Help?

In the very early stages of your recovery, your surgeon will prescribe specific movement restrictions to protect the healing soft tissue around your hip. You may find it necessary to use crutches or another walking aid during this period. Your physiotherapist will play an important role in guiding you through this phase. They will provide expert advice on safe movements and they will prescribe and progress exercises that are tailored to your needs. Your physiotherapist will maintain open communication with your surgeon and, in the rare case where there are any serious concerns, they will promptly escalate these to your specialist.

As you approach the six-week post-surgery mark, you will begin to notice increased comfort as the soft tissue around your hip continues to heal. During this phase, your physiotherapist will work closely with you to progress your exercises and movements and offer comprehensive guidance on gradually reintroducing your daily activities in a safe manner.

Up to six months after surgery and beyond, your hip will gradually become more adept at handling the demands of your daily life, whether it’s your work, sports, or hobbies. During this phase, hands-on physiotherapy aimed at addressing any lingering soft tissue issues is now safe, and also potentially beneficial. You’ll also have the opportunity to increase both the quantity and intensity of your exercises. Your physiotherapist will curate a set of exercises tailored specifically to your unique needs and aspirations, whether it involves returning to high-level sports or simply enjoying leisurely gardening.

Our Connected Care Approach

With our unique ‘Connected Care’ approach, our team will expertly help you to prepare for your surgery, provide you with physiotherapy during your Mater hospital stay and while you heal and return to normal activity after surgery. You can connect with your physiotherapist in hospital, in our clinics and during our online video consultations.

What Should I Expect From my Appointment?

  • Detailed Interview: This helps your physiotherapist to fully understand your symptoms, medical and surgical history and your specific goals.
  • Physical Assessment: We undertake a thorough assessment of your movement, strength, balance, exercise tolerance and overall function, before and after surgery.
  • Targeted Treatments: This includes manual therapy and comprehensive advice and education.
  • Progressive Exercise Program: Safe, graded exercise will assist you not only with your hip and pelvic muscle strength and endurance, but also with your general fitness, health and well-being.
  • Communication and Collaboration: With your Orthopaedic Surgeon and General Practitioner to keep them informed of your progress and to support your care.

Where can I see my Physiotherapist?

On this page

In Clinic

Online Video Appointments

Web & Mobile App

Private Gymnasium