Even the thought of undergoing hip replacement surgery can be perplexing, with all sorts of concerns, ranging from the duration of recovery to post-op complications constantly ringing at the back of your head. The aim of hip replacement surgery is to improve your quality of life, but that is only possible if you prepare yourself for what lies ahead after the procedure. While the participating surgeons in the referral line of Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center perform minimally invasive hip replacement and have years of experience in doing so, you will also need to do your part after the surgery. To give you a better understanding of the road ahead, we list some of the things you will need to do, post-surgery. Take a look.
Lookout for Infections
Though the risks and complications associated with minimally invasive hip replacement surgery are relatively fewer, you should keep an eye out for warning signs of infection and clotting. The symptoms to look out for include:
- Shaking chills
- Persistent high fever
- Increasing redness, tenderness or swelling in the wound,
- Drainage from the wound
- Increasing pain with both activity and rest
- Pain in the leg or calf unrelated to your incision, or severe swelling in the thigh, calf, ankle or foot
If you notice any of the aforementioned signs, contact your hip replacement surgeon, immediately.
Ensure Timely and Accurate Medication
After hip replacement surgery, you would need to take all the medications as prescribed by your doctor, which may include blood thinners, narcotic and non-narcotic pain pills, stool softeners, and anti-nausea medications. You may also need antibiotics to prevent any bacterial infections from developing in the operated area. Consult your doctor before taking any over-the-counter medicine, supplements, and vitamins.
Be Careful when Resuming Routine Activities
The key to a speedy recovery is to stay active after the surgery, but make sure you gradually resume normal activities and with utmost care. Avoid lifting or carrying excess weight as it can put stress on the prosthesis and increase the risk of complications. Some people can resume driving after 2 weeks, and it may take up to 8 weeks for some to get behind the wheel. Your doctor will advise you before you can resume driving, depending on your recovery. Depending on the type of work you do, you can resume work after consulting your hip replacement surgeon.
Maintain a Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight before and after the surgery helps the recovery process and ensures optimum lifespan of the prosthesis. Both exercising and dietary intake will help this cause. Resume physical exercises, especially lower impact fitness activities, as directed by your doctor, and drink plenty of fluids.
Prepared for Hip Replacement Surgery? Contact Us
Besides the information shared above, there are other useful tips to avoid post-surgical complications. Now that you have relevant information on what to expect and how to take care of yourself after a hip replacement surgery, you can contact us to connect with an experienced hip replacement surgeon in Plano and nearby areas. Book an appointment online or simply call 1-888-608-4762.
Note: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center.