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What precautions should I follow after anterior hip surgery?

Your doctor will tell you what precautions are appropriate for your case before you are discharged.

Generally, the precautionary period lasts approximately 3 months. Each patient recovers at an individual pace and is able to gradually return to the normal activities they performed before the surgery.

Like any other surgical procedure, a successful anterior hip surgery depends on several factors besides the surgical approach, such as: 

  • the knowledge, experience, and skill of the surgeon
  • the patient's weight, build and overall health condition
  • the willingness of the patient to have active participation in the surgical preparation and post-surgical rehabilitation

Recovery period after anterior hip surgery

  • Hospitalization: during their stay in the hospital, which lasts two to four days, patients are encouraged to stand or walk a few steps using crutches or walker. It is important for patients to start moving as soon as possible because it increases blood flow and reduces the risk of blood clots.
  • Movement and mobility - patients will start physical therapy shortly after hospitalization to improve muscle strength and flexibility. The therapists will recommend a set of exercises. After a few weeks of physical therapy, most patients can gradually increase their participation in daily household activities.
  • Movement restrictions - there are no movement restrictions necessary after the anterior hip surgery. Postoperative movement limitations after surgery are usually based on comfort. Patients can return to work typically after 2 weeks or more and can drive if they want. Three months after surgery, they can return to higher-level activities like tennis or skiing.
  • Healthy diet and weight - extra weight can increase the risk of complications. A balanced diet and a healthy body weight help to improve recovery.
  • Exercise for blood flow - patients need to learn some exercises that help to promote blood flow and prevent blood clots.
  • Everyday living - patients may need assistance with everyday activities for the first week after surgery. It is important to make some preparations to ensure a safe environment for the recovery period in advance.

Careful precautions and active participation help to have a smooth, successful and fast recovery.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/