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What happens after a hip replacement?

After a hip replacement, people spend one to three days in the hospital. Once pain is controlled with oral medications and they can walk with assistance they will be released. At home after a hip replacement people begin outpatient rehab to strengthen the muscles around the hip and stretch them for flexibility. In the long term,  people will be able to perform activities of daily living and play sports that are low-impact and non-contact, such as doubles tennis, golf, swimming, hiking, cross-country skiing and cycling.

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