Recovery and Rehabilitation

What to expect from hip arthroscopy recovery & rehabilitation

Recovering from hip arthroscopy is usually a lot easier than traditional open surgery. You usually experience less trauma to the tissue, less pain and a quicker recovery.

Following arthroscopy surgery, you may be drowsy from any general anesthesia or numb from any regional anesthesia. Your health care team will provide you instructions on how to care for your small incisions.

Early on, patients will experience some swelling and discomfort in the hip. This may last for a few days after the surgery. A prescription for pain medication and an anti-inflammatory drug to help alleviate these symptoms may be given. Contact your doctor if you have any unusual swelling or redness, if the area feels warm, or if you injure your hip in any way.

In most cases, physical therapy is required. Your surgeon and physical therapist will determine the most appropriate rehabilitation program.

It may take 8 weeks for you to walk pain free. It may take 3 to 6 months to return to all normal activity levels. If an unexpected increase in pain occurs, treat with ice and anti-inflammatory medications.

Some activities to avoid or with which to take additional care within the first 8 weeks:

  • Prolonged standing, especially on hard surfaces
  • Prolonged walking
  • Heavy lifting
  • Squatting/crouching
  • Sleeping on your side; try to sleep on your back
  • Sitting with hips at 90 degrees; a more open position is recommended

Possible complications

 
 
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if hip arthroscopy is right for you.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if hip arthroscopy is right for you.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of hip replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if hip replacement is right for you.