How long is the recovery time after a hip replacement?

Michael H. Jaquith, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The typical recovery for total hip replacement surgery is about seven weeks. In this video, Michael Jaquith, MD breaks down that schedule of recovery.
John T. Moor, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
John Moor, MD explains the process of recovery after total hip replacement surgery. Watch this video to learn more.
Mohit Bansal, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Mohit Bansal, MD from Largo Medical Center speaks on the recovery process of hip replacement surgery in this video.
Thomas B. Fleeter, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Thomas Fleeter, MD from Reston Hospital Center goes over what to expect when recovering from hip replacement surgery. Watch this video to learn more.
West Hills Hospital & Medical Center orthopedic surgeon Umesh Bhagia, MD explains the average recovery time from total hip replacement and why it is a faster recovery than knee replacement.
Recovery time after a hip replacement varies based on a number of factors, says Joseph Turk, MD, from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Watch this video to learn what those factors are, including how age and weight factor in.
David V. Cashen, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Watch this video with David Cashen, MD from Blake Medical Center to learn about the recovery after a hip replacement.
Alan L. Valadie, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The recovery period after a hip replacement has changed dramatically over the last decade. Now, most patients spend one night in the hospital and are up and moving the following day. Watch this video with Alan Valadie, MD, from Blake Medical Center.
Jesse Torbert, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Chippenham Hospital, explains the recovery process that follows hip replacement surgery and why recovery time is different for every patient.
The recovery period after hip surgery, especially hip replacement, typically lasts one year. Learn more from Julia Saddington, PA from John Randolph Medical Center, in this video.
Hip replacement surgery is faster than you might expect, implies Joseph Dobner, MD, from Frankfort Regional Medical Center, and you'll be up and walking within 24 hours. Find out what happens after that by watching this video.
Joseph R. Locker, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
A typical recovery from a hip replacement varies from patient to patient. In this video, Joseph Locker, MD of Ocala Regional Medical Center describes the length of the average recovery period.
You’ll need to stay in the hospital for one to two days after a hip replacement. You’ll have to be able to go up and down stairs before you go home. Going home is a safer option than going to a rehab facility. People who go to rehab are 2.4 times more likely to return to the hospital than those who go home. You can expect to be driving at two weeks and return to work in four to six weeks. In the near future, healthy patients will be going home the same day as hip replacement surgery.
Steven B. Warren, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The recovery time after a total hip replacement varies from patient to patient, according to Steven Warren, MD, specializing in orthopedic surgery at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Learn more in this video.
The recovery period after hip replacement begins quickly: You will be walking the same day or next day after surgery. Typically, your activity will be “weight-bearing as tolerated,” which means that you can put as much pressure on the hip as you feel comfortable doing. You will be on some form of assistive device (cane or walker) for two to six weeks. It will take two to three months until you start resuming some of your normal activity, and you will continue to improve up to one year from surgery.
Fred C. Redfern, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
The recovery period for hip replacement surgery is about a month of rehabilitation, says Fred Redfern, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital. In this video, he says that healthy patients often leave the hospital within two days.
On average, recovery time for a hip replacement ranges from six to 12 months, depending on the patient’s age and condition. Time spent in the hospital after surgery is usually two to three days, as a hip replacement is not an outpatient procedure. Therapy for the hip begins right after surgery and continues for several months. At the beginning of rehabilitation, the patient will be instructed to walk with crutches or a walker. Progress and rehabilitation time is based on a case by case outcome and depends on how well the patient responds to therapy. (This answer provided for NATA by the University of Tampa Athletic Training Education Program)

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Bone & Joint Injuries

Often caused by falls, trauma, or injury, bone and joint injuries can sometimes be serious enough to require surgery. A broken bone can occasionally puncture your skin, causing intense pain. If you suspect that you have a broken b...

one, you will need medical treatment right away. In serious cases, pins, screws, and plates are placed into the body to stabilize the bone and help it heal. Joints connect our bones, and joint injuries can often occur in the elbows and knees. To reduce your risk of joint injury, stay healthy. Staying at a healthy weight and keeping your muscles strong and fit reduces the wear and tear on your joints.

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