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How long is the recovery time after a hip replacement?

On average, recovery time for a hip replacement ranges from 6 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.

Dr. Erik N. Zeegen, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

On average the recovery time after a hip replacement is about six weeks. There is some data showing that there is a slightly quicker recovery after anterior hip replacement surgery compared to posterior hip replacement surgery.

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.

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