HIP SURGERY and hospital stay
Hip replacement surgery generally takes 1-2 hours under spinal or general anaesthetic. You will then be transferred to a recovery ward for 1-2 hours before going to your hospital room.
There are side effects from any operation. Side effects may be short-lived or last for several weeks, and may include a sore hip and swelling in the thigh.
Your hospital stay
During your hospital stay, the treatment team will monitor and assess your progress. You will receive the following attention:
- Tests: blood tests and x-rays
- Pain and wound management: appropriate dressing and painkillers
- Blood clot prevention: blood-thinning medication
- Physiotherapy: exercises to start your recovery.
Your hospital stay ranges from 2 to 5 days, as recommended by the treatment team. People are generally ready to go home or to a rehabilitation hospital when their recovery, healing and strength are progressing well.