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Recover more quickly

Get Well Soon

Helping you to make a speedy recovery after total hip replacement

Things that will help you recover more quickly

Eat healthily

Eating a healthy, balanced diet will help to ensure that your body has all the nutrients it needs to heal.

Stop smoking

By not smoking - even if it’s just for the two weeks before the operation and the time that you’re recovering - you immediately start to improve your circulation and your breathing - not to mention a whole list of other benefits to the heart and lungs.

Family and friends

Family and friends can give you two important things:

  • Practical help with the tasks you might be temporarily unable to do while you recover - such as driving, the weekly shop, or lifting heavier items.
  • Keeping your spirits up!

Keep a routine

Get up at your normal time in the morning, get dressed, move about the house; go out for a walk as soon as you feel confident enough to do.

Build up gradually

Have a go at doing some of the things you’d normally do, but build up gradually. Some suggestions are included in the recovery tracker. Obviously everyone recovers at a different speed, so not all of the suggestions will be suitable for everybody.

When you’re building up your activities, you may feel more tired than normal. If so, stop, and rest until your strength returns. If you feel pain, you have probably just overdone it a little. Ease back on your activities for a day or two and then gradually increase them again. If you have severe pain, consult your GP.

If you live alone, and you do not have family or friends close by, organise support in advance - have family or friends come to stay with you for the first few days after surgery if possible.


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