Hip surgery recovery will differ based on the procedure done and it’s important to know what to expect during the recovery process.
Hip surgery is a major surgery that takes some time to recover from. There are different types of hip replacement surgery, and your recovery will vary a bit based on which type you have. After your surgery, staying at Pearl Recovery Retreat will allow you to recuperate in a quiet, calm environment. Keep reading to learn what to expect after your hip replacement surgery as well as the benefits of staying at a recovery retreat.
Types of Hip Replacement Surgery
When someone has hip pain or hip stiffness, they might be referred to an orthopedic surgeon for a hip replacement. In general, there are four different kinds.
- The first, and least invasive of the three is hip resurfacing, which is really just smoothing out the femoral head and socket so the bones work together more smoothly. When a patient is young and active but having pain, this procedure might be recommended.
- Next is a partial hip replacement. An older patient who falls and breaks a hip might have this procedure. In a partial hip replacement, just one side of one hip joint is replaced.
- In a full hip replacement, both sides of the hip joint are replaced.
- Finally, some people have a double hip replacement. This is full hip replacement on both sides. Often, a surgeon will do one hip at a time, but there are some reasons that a double hip replacement will be done. This is, as you might imagine, the most difficult hip replacement surgery to recuperate from.
Preparing for Your Hip Replacement
Hip surgery recovery actually begins before you even have the surgery done. There are some things that you can do ahead of time to help yourself heal more quickly.
- The first is to make sure that your diet is as healthy as possible. Having a good foundation will give your body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to heal later. Also, this can help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight, which will also make it easier for your hip to heal and for you to move around after your procedure.
- The second tip is to exercise. Talk to your doctor about what a reasonable exercise program for you would be, then work to integrate it into your routine each week leading up to your surgery. Your muscles will get stronger, leading to an easier recovery.
You will also want to plan in advance for how your daily routine will go in the days and weeks following your hip surgery. For example, think about what types of meals you will be able to prepare and eat or what types of foods your spouse or children will be able to make for themselves in your absence. Look around your home and decide whether you need to move your bed to a different room; you might not be able to easily climb stairs, so if your bedroom is located upstairs, you might consider setting it up in the living room or den instead. Also, look for ways that others can take some of your responsibilities off of your plate for a short time. Perhaps you could hire a cleaning service or arrange for grocery delivery.
The Hip Surgery Recovery Process
Immediately after your hip replacement, you’ll be moved to a recovery room in the hospital or surgical center. You might be surprised that you’ll likely be expected to stand or walk on your new hip the same day you have your procedure done. This is because being sedentary after a major surgery can lead to complications such as blood clots and constipation. If you can get up and move about with the help of your nurse, you will be getting the hip replacement recovery process started right away and will also reduce your risk of developing these potentially serious side effects.
Just like with any surgery, you’ll likely have exercises to do as well as painkillers in the early days to make your hip surgery recovery more comfortable. In addition, you may need wound care to make sure that your incision is healing well. You will need to eat healthy foods to help the recovery process along.
In addition, you will need to schedule and attend appointments with your doctor, a physical therapist, and perhaps other medical professionals. These appointments will continue for weeks or months as you completely heal and get back to your normal routine. Most people will be back to their regular activities within three to six months of their surgery, but talk to your surgeon about what to expect in your specific circumstances.
How Can Pearl Recovery Retreat & Wellness Help?
While you are recovering, it’s important to have a quiet, restful atmosphere. You might get this at home, but if you have children, pets, or other circumstances that make your home busy, Pearl Recovery Retreat & Wellness can be a welcome reprieve from any chaos that could hinder your healing.
In addition, you will need someone who can care for you, especially during the early days after your surgery when you are taking pain medications and might feel groggy or uncomfortable. If you do not have a family member or close friend who can manage your medications and help you do your exercises, Pearl Recovery Retreat & Wellness is an excellent option. We have the staff available to assist you with everything you need to make your recuperation as easy as possible. We even arrange and provide transportation back to your surgeon for your first follow-up visit a day or two after your surgery, if needed.
Finally, at Pearl Recovery Retreat, we offer a wide variety of therapies that can complement your medical supervision. From oxygen therapy to massage, juice fasts to nutritionally complete meals, we have many extras for you to choose from to ensure that your hip surgery recovery is exactly what you want it to be.
If you are planning to have hip replacement surgery and are concerned about your recovery, do not hesitate to give us a call. One of our staff members would be glad to answer your questions and help you decide whether Pearl is the right wellness center for you.