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.
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.