How long does it take to fully recover from hip replacement? I am 79 and in good health.
Dr. Ray Chin
Dr. Ray Chin
Orthopaedic surgeon
Rhodes
In general terms, recovery (and as you say, are in good health) for a routine, uncomplicated hip replacement (approach aside) is as follows:weight bearing with aids immediately
home or rehab within 5 days
walking unaided by 6 weeks, able to drive
walking without a limp by 12 weeks
Hope this helps.

Dr. Chien-Wen Liew
Dr. Chien-Wen Liew
Orthopaedic surgeon, General surgeon
Morphett Vale
Recovery after a total hip replacement depends on many factors. The main factors include your general health, the ease of the operation, blood loss, muscle damage, anaesthetic etc. These all effect the first few days after your surgery. In general patients can be discharged as early as day 2, and may stay in hospital for as long as 7 days. In general 3-4 days is the norm.Depending on the approach used, your early recovery may be different. Most studies agree that all total hip replacements are generally the same after 12 months, however some minimally invasive approaches (like the direct anterior approach) have distinct advantages for the first few weeks to months.
In general, most patients are doing very well by 8-12 weeks.
It is important to discuss your particular situation with your surgeon. If you have had hip arthritis for a long time, or associated knee or back issues, your rehabilitation may be different. All the best.

Dr. Dirk van Bavel
Dr. Dirk van Bavel
Orthopaedic surgeon
Hawthorn East
Your recovery after a hip replacement depends on how active and healthy you are. I try to get my patients up walking on the day of their surgery and home within a few days. While you use crutches for the first couple of weeks as soon as you can walk without them the better. The more active you are the quicker your muscles recover.The Australian standards say you shouldn't be driving for 6 weeks after a hip replacement no matter which leg you have operated on, if you drive an automatic or manual car.

Dr. Robert Fassina
Dr. Robert Fassina
Orthopaedic surgeon
Toorak Gardens
People who are in good health will always recover more quickly, even following major surgery such as a total hip replacement. Generally if your surgery is uncomplicated, you will be out of hospital within 3-5 days. For the first few weeks (2-4) it is advisable to use an walking aid of some sort, for stability, comfort or even just to remind yourself to slow down. A physiotherapy outpatient program can be attended or a program can be performed at home to help regain strength.
By 6 weeks the vast majority of patients, who are in good health, will be able to commence driving a motor vehicle again and assume a more normal life style.
You will continue to regain confidence, strength and mobility over the next few months, most patients well and truly having recovered by 3-4 months.
Good luck with a speedy recovery!

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