National Academy of Sports Medicine answered:
Before deciding what exercises can be done, it is prudent to understand your current status as directed by your physician and/or physical therapist. Consult your treating physician and/or physical therapist to best determine what exercises can and cannot be done safely.
In general, immediately following hip replacement surgery the patient is placed in a physical therapy program. The physical therapy program will focus on improving strength, developing hip range of motion, improving gait, and gaining the ability to perform activities of daily living. This is done through the use of non-weight-bearing exercises initially, and progressing to weight-bearing exercises. Most patients are able to walk without assistive devices after 6-12 weeks of physical therapy. After 6-12 weeks, the joint is typically able to tolerate full weight-bearing exercises. Start slowly and with low loading exercises such as bicycling, swimming, and walking. As you develop more strength and conditioning, you can increase the intensity and duration of these exercises. Strength exercises such as squats, step-ups, and other leg and hip strengthening exercises are conducive to your overall health so long as they avoid extreme ranges of motion. Patients are able to eventually participate in most recreational sports such as golf, swimming, or aerobics. High-impact recreational sports such as running, basketball, and tennis should be done with extreme moderation or avoided completely. Consultation with the physician is recommended to best determine what can and cannot be done.Before deciding what exercises can be done, it is prudent to understand your current status as directed by your physician and/or physical therapist. Consult your treating physician and/or physical therapist to best determine what exercises can and... More