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Recovering from Hip Resurfacing Surgery

Hip resurfacing is a bone-conserving surgery that restores natural hip biomechanics for young active patients under age 60 with hip arthritis. In many cases, your LALL Orthopedics + surgeon may recommend preoperative rehabilitation to strengthen the muscles around the hip joint to facilitate a smoother recovery.

Recovery from hip resurfacing surgery involves several stages. The timeline for recovery will vary based on individual factors and the surgical approach. Complete surgical healing typically takes 6-8 weeks.

Typically performed in an outpatient setting, meaning you can go home immediately following the procedure. Physical therapy begins the day after surgery with a therapist who travels to your home for the first 2 weeks. You will be allowed to put as much weight as tolerated on the affected hip.

You will need assistance and support at home. You may experience some pain, swelling and discomfort around the surgical area. You LALL Orthopedics + surgeon may prescribe short-term pain medication to be taken as needed. It is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding wound care, medication, and physical activity limitations.

You will likely need to use a walking aid such as crutches or a walker to assist with mobility for the first days or weeks.

Physical therapy plays a crucial role in your recovery. A physical therapist will guide you through exercises and activities to help improve range of motion in your hip. They may also provide guidance on proper gait and movement patterns to optimize recovery.

You will continue with physical therapy and gradually increase the intensity and complexity of exercises. You may start weight-bearing exercises and work on strengthening the hip joint and surrounding muscles.

Physical therapy will progress to include more active exercises aimed at strengthening the hip muscles, improving flexibility, and restoring gait patterns.

By week 6 or sooner you will be able to resume your daily activities and responsibilities. Your surgeon will provide guidelines on when you can gradually reintroduce activities such as driving, working, and participating in recreational or sports activities. It’s important to follow these guidelines and gradually increase your activity level to avoid putting excessive stress on your hip.

While you may be able to resume most activities within a few months, strength and conditioning will continue to improve for an extended period of time. Committing to long-term rehabilitation exercises, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and following up with your LALL Orthopedics + surgeon for periodic check-ins will help ensure a successful recovery.

From six months to one year the goal is continuing to enhance strength, endurance and stability, and a gradual return to more demanding exercises and sports, depending on your progress. The pace and intensity of activity progression will be guided by the surgeon and physical therapist to ensure a safe recovery.

It is important to understand that this is a general timeline. Your LALL Orthopedics + surgeon will provide you with a specific timeline based on your individual circumstances.

At a Glance

Ajay C. Lall, MD, MS, FAAOS

  • Board Certified – Orthopedic Surgery
  • Triple Fellowship Trained
  • Performs over 750 Surgeries Per Year
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