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What to expect after anterior hip replacement?

The patient is typically in the hospital for 1 to 3 days. Initially, the surgeon will get you up walking with crutches or a walker, which will decide by the therapist that which walking aid is safer for you.
Because there is minimal chance of dislocations following an anterior hip replacement, and you may be able to bend the hip, cross your legs, and sleep without a pillow between your knees, unlike other methods that require mobility limitations to avoid unintentionally dislocating the hip while recovering. Maximum patients return home within three days of the procedure. However, some leave the day after or even the same day as the method. Drain tubes might remove the day after the surgical operation, and if the physician used them, the external staples or sutures usually are removed in 10 days to 2 weeks.

Your scar will fade substantially over time. Because muscle groups aren’t cut or detached, there is often minimum pain at some stage in healing, and some patients generally don’t want extensive physical therapy. Your physician will advise when you may go back to work, specific sporting activities, and driving. Anterior hip replacement usually has a quicker initial recovery period than other hip replacement approaches, but the long-term effects are the same. The anterior hip replacement method provides complete or almost complete pain alleviation for a wide variety of patients and has a high patient satisfaction level.

Anterior hip replacement

there are some risks which are the following:

  • Injury to nerves and blood vessels
  • Infection
  • Fracture of the femur or pelvis
  • Implant malposition
  • blood clots formation in the leg veins
  • Leg length changes
  • Bleeding


Physical Therapy

Initially, the surgeon will get you up walking with crutches or a walker, which will decide by the therapist that which walking aid is safer for you. You have to put half of your weight on your operated leg for the first three weeks. Then you will go to a cane. Arthritis usually causes stiffness around the hip joint. Eliminating arthritis and bone spurs frequently resolves this stiffness; however, the muscle groups around the hip have also contracted or scarred in some patients. In these patients, formal physical therapy can be reasonable to maximize their outcome. They can often carry out physical therapy at home or a local gym. However, some patients can also choose to go to an outpatient physical therapist.

As long as the exercise does not exacerbate pain, some gentle exercises for the hip can maintain flexibility and range of motion. Physical therapy after direct anterior hip replacement is individualized, primarily that is base on a patient’s recovery. Because no muscle tissues or tendons are cut, no specific muscle tissues “need” to be rehabilitated because of any trauma or surgical treatment. Some patients who continue to experience stiffness or weak after the first six weeks of surgical operation may benefit from either home exercises or formal physical therapy.

Rehabilitation Option

The patient should perform home exercises after the anterior hip replacement approach. Formal physical therapy requires direct anterior hip replacement. However, a few patients may be interested in a short regimen. Even though rehabilitation after direct anterior total hip replacement is often unnecessary, many patients report an advantageous experience with a standard physical therapy regimen.


The risks of rehabilitation with a safe program are very low however if the exercises are uncomfortable, complex, or painful; the patient needs to contact the therapist or general practitioner directly.

Duration of Rehabilitation:
The goal of home exercises or physical therapy is to be able to do certain tasks without limitation. Any exercise program should be tailored to meet these objectives and stop once these goals are achieved. Every day cardiovascular exercises should be encouraging for life to promote general health.


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