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Surgery & Recovery

What to expect after your operation

You should expect to be in hospital for 5 - 7 days. On the day of your surgery, if you feel up to it, you can get out of bed.

Day of surgery Bed rest
Day 1 post surgery The day after your surgery you can expect to sit on the side of your bed, or if you feel well enough you may get out of bed and walk a short distance (5 - 10 metres) with a pick-up frame..
Day 2 post surgery You will use a pick-up frame to walk 1 lap of the ward with the assistance of a physiotherapist. You may progress to crutches and walk a further lap of the ward later in the day.
Day 3 post surgery You can expect to be mobilising on your own whilst using crutches or stick and practising going up and down steps.
Day 4 post surgery You should find you are becoming more confident and independent with a crutch or stick. You should be fully weight bearing through the replaced joint. Most patients are discharged.

Many people are discharged within 5 days of surgery. Of course, there are many reasons why your surgeon may want you to stay longer and follow a different regimen of exercises and walking (particularly if you have had revision hip or knee replacement surgery), so you should not be disappointed if you take a little longer to recover.

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