Hip replacement surgery is performed by an orthopedic surgeon to remove a hip joint with arthritis. The old joint gets replaced with an artificial joint, so the patient can enjoy lasting relief.
Recovery from hip replacement surgery is a gradual process which requires the patient to take certain precautions to ensure a full recovery. That’s why many patients ask questions such as, “When can you bend past 90 degrees after hip replacement?” or “Can you bend after hip replacement?”
At OrthoBethesda, we encourage our patients to work with physical therapists after their hip replacement to ensure the recovery process is a fast, comfortable and pleasurable experience. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about recovery from a hip replacement.
How Long Is the Recovery Time?
Patients heal from surgery at different speeds. Typically, you’ll get asked to use crutches or a walker for about three weeks. Then, you can use a cane outdoors and walk without any support when you are indoors. After that, you’ll be allowed to return to normal activities such as running after about three months.
When Can You Bend Past 90 Degrees After Hip Replacement?
You should not bend your hip beyond 60 to 90 degrees for the first six to 12 weeks after surgery. Do not cross your legs or ankles, either. It’s best to avoid bending to pick things up during this period.
Can I Climb up and Go Down Stairs?
You’ll need to restrict activities that require bending, twisting and pivoting for the first four weeks. As your muscles and ligaments get stronger, you can climb up and descend stairs normally after a month.
When Can I Resume Driving?
If your surgery was on the right hip, stay away from driving for four weeks. Then, you may resume driving when you feel comfortable. If the surgery was done on the left hip, you can return to your driving when you feel comfortable as long as you have a car with an automatic transmission.
When Can I Go Back to Work?
If your work is mainly sedentary and you’re sitting in front of a desk most of the day, then you can return to work after one month. If your work involves a lot of movement, you may need to wait for at least three months before you resume full duties.
Which Activities Can I Do After Surgery?
You can return to activities such as gardening, walking, dancing and even sports such as golf. Some other activities that will help strengthen your limbs include swimming and riding a stationary bike. Avoid high impact activities, such as jumping or running.
How Long Do You Have to Follow Hip Precautions?
You need to remain under total hip precautions for about 12 weeks. During this period, don’t turn your toes in or out. Avoid crossing your legs as well. Make sure you keep all your follow-up appointments and ask your surgeon to tell you when you’re free to bend beyond 90 degrees or bend down to pick things up.
Learn More About Hip Replacement Surgery
If you intend to have hip replacement surgery or you want to know whether you’ll feel better after the procedure, call us now. You can speak with one of our orthopedic surgeons who will give you professional advice based on decades of experience with hip and knee joint treatment.