Quicker Rehabilitation

After surgery, the patient is transferred to the recovery room. Special attention is paid to the sleepy patient by the nursing staff until the effects of anesthesia is worn off. Later that day, the patient may be sent back to a regular room or other hospital units depending on the physical condition of the patient.

Since the cut to the hip joint is in the front, the patient does not have to be flat flat on the back in bed. The patient can sit up a little. This is helpful in preventing pneumonia from developing. The patient is cautioned not to turn the knee and foot of the operated side outwards (external rotation) and be too straight with the hip joint (extension). These movements may cause the artificial components to dislocate.

The following day, the physical therapist will help the patient to get out of bed and stand. Then, the patient is taught how to walk with walker or crutches. This will all be dependent on the patient’s physical condition and pain tolerance. Later, the patient will learn to do different things in daily life like using the bathroom. Depending on the physical condition of the patient, some may be able to go home 3 days after surgery. Patient will be able to walk with the help of a walker or crutches at home and in the neighborhood after being discharged from the hospital.

Recovery using this muscle sparing technique will be quicker but one must always remember it has to be a case by case situation. A person who requires a hip replacement may have other medical problems that may cause delays. However, when no muscles are cut, the pain after surgery is generally reduced during walking.