Hip replacement (Bonus Part 4): Returning to normal activities after hip replacement surgery

Following a hip replacement you may be surprised how quickly you can return to normal activities. Particularly with certain methods of hip replacement the personal outcomes show excellent results in minimising the amount of time you are off your feet. Staying active is important, but also not doing too much too soon is equally vital. Here we detail how to return safely to normal activities, including work and sport, following hip replacement surgery.

Hip replacement (Part 3 of 3): What to expect after hip replacement

Following on from last week’s article where we compared the Posterior and the Direct Anterior approaches to hip replacement, we now discuss important information about how best to take care of yourself post-surgery, both in hospital and when you are recovering at home. It is also important to understand any complications following surgery so you can reduce your risk, as well as understand ways you can help speed up your recovery.

Hip replacement (Part 2 of 3): Posterior v Direct Anterior Approach

Following on from last week’s article regarding approaches to hip replacement, we now take a look in more detail at two different hip replacement approaches.The Posterior approach is the most commonly executed hip replacement surgery in the UK, accessing the joint from the back. The Direct Anterior approach (DAA) is less common with the surgeon accessing the joint from the front. DAA is becoming more widely recognised for it’s shorter recovery times and muscle preservation.

Hip Replacement (Part 1 of 3): Approaches to Hip Replacement

As medicine is always advancing, there are now many different ways, or “approaches”, to perform hip replacement surgery. The approach that would best suit you depends on the nature of your condition or injury. A specialist orthopaedic surgeon will be able to discuss your options with you. However, certain approaches are becoming more popular as patients experience less pain, less muscle damage and faster recovery times.

Preparing for hip surgery

Hip surgery is a common procedure these days and whilst non-invasive treatment options, such as anti-inflammatory medication, targeted physiotherapy, injections or hip braces are usually explored first, a hip replacement can often be the best option. There is naturally an element of risk with all medical procedures, however, specialist guidance can help you to prepare you both physically and mentally in advance, so you stand the best chance of making a quick recovery.