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How Soon Can I Get Back To Normal Activities?

Activities After Hip Surgery

In the months following your hip surgery, you'll most likely be advised to take it easy and modify your positioning to keep pressure off of your hip while it's healing.

Exact timing differs by individual; however, within six weeks after hip replacement surgery, you may be able to walk with a cane. And you may feel well enough to drive a car within seven to eight weeks after surgery. Most doctors will let you resume sexual activities as soon as you feel able.

In most cases, successful hip replacement surgery will relieve your pain and stiffness, and allow you to resume many of your normal daily activities. But even after you have fully recovered from your surgery, you will still have some restrictions. Normal daily activities do not typically include high-impact sports such as jogging, basketball, racquetball, gymnastics, or activities that put excessive strain on your hip joints. Safer activities may include walking, golf, swimming, and bicycling. Your doctor will advise you on safe activities for your particular condition.

For the first two years following your hip replacement, you must take preventive antibiotics before dental or surgical procedures that could allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream. After two years, talk to your orthopedist and your dentist or urologist to see if you still need preventive antibiotics before any scheduled procedures.