Get Well Soon
Helping you to make a speedy recovery after total hip replacement
|Days/Weeks Post Op||How you might feel||Things you can do safely||Fit to work?|
|1 - 2 days||Your hip will be sore from the operation and you may have pain in your thigh as well. You will be given pain relief to keep you comfortable and this might make you feel quite drowsy. When mobilising you will tire easily and you may feel light-headed.||
|3 days||There should be much less pain in your hip. You should be able to move a lot more easily than in the last couple of days, but you’ll still get tired more quickly than you did before the operation.||
|4 - 6 days||The hip should now be feeling much more comfortable, though you will still feel tired as your body uses extra energy for healing and you may still need some pain relief.||
|7 - 14 days||You’ll be feeling much stronger but still get tired quite easily; you may still occasionally need to take a mild painkiller. By the end of the second week, you should be able to walk easily with 1 stick, although this will depend on what approach the surgeon has used; for some patients, you may have to use crutches for considerably longer.||
||No, but you may feel able to do a couple of hours a day of administrative work from home.|
|2 - 6 weeks||
||Unlikely, but you may be able to do a couple of hours a day of administrative work from home.|
|6 - 8 weeks||If you have a desk-job, it’s usually safe to return to work by now. However, if you have a job which is physically demanding, you may need to remain off work for several more weeks. It’s worth talking to your employer about lighter duties you can do without compromising your new hip. Ask your Occupational Health department for advice on returning to work and lighter duties. If you do not have one, ask your GP and surgeon what they would consider to be a safe amount for you to do.
You should have no difficulty with activities like walking, cycling or swimming.
You will be able to return to driving a light vehicle and internal and European flights are now safe as the risk of deep vein thrombosis is now diminishing.
When can I have sex?
For many people, being able to have sex again is an important milestone in their recovery. There are no set rules or times about when it’s safe to do so other than whether it feels OK to you, but avoid placing the operated leg in a position of potential dislocation.