Prehabilitation for Total Hip Replacement Surgery
A hip replacement is a surgical procedure used to treat hip pain usually caused by the gradual wearing of a joint or osteoarthritis. The goal is to replace the damaged hip joint with a prosthetic (artificial) ball and socket joint to ease your pain and regain your mobility. Your consultant, after initial assessment and diagnostic tests, will recommend the best option for you.
Written by Chartered Physiotherapist, Belinda Holloway
Medical Review by Medical Quality Officer, David Jones , MPharm
Published: Wednesday, 28 December 2022
A hip replacement is a surgical procedure used to treat hip pain usually caused by the gradual wearing of a joint or osteoarthritis. The goal is to replace the damaged hip joint with a prosthetic (artificial) ball and socket joint to ease pain and regain mobility. After initial assessment and diagnostic tests, your consultant will recommend the best option for you.
Most hip replacements last between 15-20 years, depending on your activity levels and body weight. Prior to surgery, you may be experiencing pain when walking, be limping and have a limited range of motion in your hip which can feel unstable as the muscles around the hip become weaker and stiff. It is really important and beneficial to your recovery that you prepare your body and environment as best you can before surgery. This will optimise your recovery time and reduce any anxiety knowing you are ready when you get home.
In the days leading up to surgery, find out as much as you can about what is involved. Your hospital should provide some written information or videos on preparing your home, visiting times and the support you will need post-op.
Stay as active as you can and strengthen the muscles around your hip; this will help your recovery. If you can, continue to do gentle exercises such as walking and swimming in the weeks and months before your operation. You may be referred to a physiotherapist who will give you specific helpful exercises.
Important points to remember are:
- Eat well – your body will need the energy to repair
- Exercise – Being physically active before your operation will help you to recover quicker
- Relaxation – Try to do some relaxation and not worry about your operation
- Smoking & drinking alcohol – giving up or cutting down will help speed up your recovery and reduce your risk of developing any complications.
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