Hip Osteotomy Surgery FAQs

Hip Osteotomy Surgery FAQs

How long does hip osteotomy surgery take?

On average, hip osteotomy surgery takes between 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.

Are there any alternative treatments to hip osteotomy?

Alternative treatments for people with hip dysplasia include hip resurfacing (where metal ‘caps’ are used to recover the hip bones) and a total hip replacement (where the whole joint is replaced). Your surgeon will be able to discuss the potential alternatives with you at your consultation so you can make a decision that is best for you.

When can I begin exercising normally again after my hip osteotomy?

The recovery process varies from person to person. Generally, the timeline for exercise can be longer for an osteotomy when compared to other procedures such as hip resurfacing or hip arthroscopy.

Lower-impact activities like riding a static bike may be resumed after 10 or 12 weeks.

For high-impact exercises (such as jogging), you will need to build up to these very gradually to ease your hip joint into the new movement and prevent any injury or damage. You should be able to fully resume high-impact activities at around 5 months. However, be aware this may take longer depending on how you heal.

While returning to your usual exercise routine is a focus, your surgeon or physiotherapist may advise you to avoid certain activities altogether depending on the condition of your hip. It may take at least 6 months for you to return to some impact sports. The advice for returning to sexual activity varies, so make sure you ask your surgeon about this.

Will I need physiotherapy after hip osteotomy?

Anyone having a hip osteotomy will be given a tailor-made physiotherapy program. It is most important you follow this guidance. These exercises and instructions help ensure the lasting effect of your procedure and the future health of your hip.

Your physiotherapy will begin when you are in hospital then you will be given follow up appointments to attend as well as work to do when you are home. As your recovery progresses, you will require fewer physiotherapy and aftercare appointments. Many patients begin tapering off physiotherapy after about 2 or 3 months.

Published: Thursday 30 December 2021

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