When can I return to my normal activities after arthroscopic hip surgery?

Every surgeon has their own advice regarding recovery for hip arthroscopy. Generally, it is advisable to take at least two weeks off work after an arthroscopic hip surgery. The first week is usually solely dedicated to your recovery and rest.

The second week you may be able to return to some home-based work. After this time you may feel ready to gradually return to work, proving it is both safe to do so and that it is recommended by your surgeon.

Before returning to exercise, you should have a discussion with your surgeon or physiotherapist.

Recommendations vary between individuals, but some patients can return to non-weight bearing exercises like swimming from around two weeks.

Within six to eight weeks your hip should function as required for day-to-day life.

It may take up to three months to return to high-impact activities like running or team sports. Again, activity should be guided by your surgeon and exercise intensity should be gradually increased to prevent injury. Doing too much too soon may irritate your hip and extend your healing process.

Your surgeon will advise you on when you can return to driving. Your ability to drive safely is dependent on you being able to fully bear weight, walk confidently without crutches, get in and out of a car unaided, and be able to perform an emergency stop.

Published: Friday, October 25, 2019

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