When can I walk after surgery?

Full weight-bearing and walking is allowed immediately. Initially, this will be aided by crutches. Most people will walk independently by 10-14 days post-operatively.

When can I drive?

You should not drive for 48 hours after an anaesthetic. After 48 hours, your ability to drive will depend on the side you had your operation, left or right, and the type of vehicle you drive, manual or automatic. If you had a left hip procedure and drive an automatic, you can drive whenever you feel comfortable. Otherwise, it is reasonable to drive when you are confident with walking and can fully weight-bear on your affected side.

When can I work?

Your return to work will vary depending on the procedure performed and type of work you are engaged in. Most people can return to office work within 2-4 weeks. Labour intensive work however, may require you to take 4-6 weeks before returning to full duties.

When can I play?

Low impact activities, such as cycling and swimming, can be commenced from week 6. High impact activities such as running are best avoided for 10-12 weeks after surgery.

How long will it take to heal?

The wounds take 7-10 days to heal. Most patients improve dramatically in the first 6 weeks. Occasionally, there are periods where the hip may become sore and then settle again. This is part of the normal healing process. It takes three months for your hip to fully recover from a hip procedure. Continued improvements may be gained up to 1 year post-surgery.

How much pain will I experience?

Local anaesthetic is injected around the wound during the procedure and most patients are pleasantly surprised at how little pain they have after the procedure.

What are the risks of surgery?

Complications are not common but can occur. Prior to making any decision to have surgery, it is important that you understand the potential risks so that you can make an informed decision on the advantages and disadvantages of surgery. The following list is by no means exhaustive, so it is important to discuss your concerns with your your surgeon.

Some patients occasionally report numbness or tingling in the groin or inner thigh. This usually resolves with time. It is quite normal to experience some swelling and discomfort in the leg, thigh and buttock region. This is expected and will also resolve with time.

Other general surgical risks include: risk of infection, bleeding and clots in the leg (DVT) or lung post-operatively.

Apart from surgical risks, medical (including allergies) and anaesthetic complications can occur, and these can affect your general well being and health.

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