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Due to some problem my doctor suggested me to go for hip replacement surgery. I'm pretty young and healthy otherwise. My doctor suggests me that for my better health I might need to have both replaced. So I want to know that should I just go for both or d

How long does recovery from hip replacement surgery take?

Due to some problem my doctor suggested me to go for hip replacement surgery. I’m pretty young and healthy otherwise. My doctor suggests me that for my better health I might need to have both replaced. So I want to know that should I just go for both or do one at a time? How much time this surgery will take for recovery?

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  • Tristin Newman

    Most patients undergoing total hip replacement surgery want to know when they will be able to return to their normal life. “Recovery time” is a common question posed to specialists and non-specialists alike. There are many factors that can contribute to recovery time, but typically patients can return to normal life activities within 1 to 6 months. To be more specific, however, we can examine the difference between “short-term recovery” and “long-term recovery”. Short-term recovery involves the early stages of recovery. On days 1 or 2 most patients are given a walker. By the third day, most patients can go home. Short-term recovery also involves getting off major pain killers and having a full night’s sleep without pills. Once a patient no longer needs walking aids and can walk around the house without pain. The average short-term recovery time is 4 to 6 weeks. Long-term recovery involves the complete healing of surgical wounds and the indication is, the patient finally feels normal again. The average long-term recovery time is approximately 6 months.

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