Before and after your hip surgery
Before your hip surgery
When surgery is recommended to relieve the pain and stiffness caused by your arthritis, we will work with to help ensure the very best outcome for you. We know that many people feel concerned or worried about having surgery, so we will make sure you are educated and well informed about what to expect.
Pre-assessment: When you have your hip replacement at Circle, you will be invited to attend a pre-assessment clinic. Here, you will meet with our nursing, physiotherapy and occupational therapy teams to learn more about the operation, your stay in hospital and what to expect when you return home after your surgery. You will also receive our helpful booklet, ‘Patient Guide to Hips’, which explains all you need to know about your surgery and what to expect afterwards with your recovery.
Many people find it helpful to bring a family member or close friend with them to this pre-assessment appointment so that they also have a clear understanding of the help you may require on discharge. Recovering from hip surgery will take time and you will be limited with certain everyday tasks, so the more support you have once you’re back home following your operation, the better.
Exercising before surgery: It is important to try to be as fit as possible before undergoing any surgery, and this remains the case for hip surgery. Low impact exercises like cycling or swimming are encouraged, as long as they don’t aggravate your pain excessively. As always, you should stop any exercise that becomes too painful. Our physiotherapy team can help you plan a suitable exercise schedule if you would appreciate their expert guidance and support. Being as fit as possible before surgery can be of benefit in your recovery.
Admission for surgery: The time you will be asked to come to the hospital will depend on the time of your operation. If surgery is planned for first thing in the morning, you will normally be asked to come the previous evening and stay overnight in your private room. Should your surgery be planned for later in the day, you will be asked to come in the morning.
You will not be able to eat for eight hours prior to surgery although you will usually be able to drink small amounts of water up to four hours before.
Hip surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, meaning you will be asleep throughout the operation. Before your surgery, the anaesthetist will attach the monitoring devices needed, including a blood pressure cuff and ECG to monitor your heart.
After your hip surgery
Following your operation, you will be taken to the theatre recovery area where you will be closely monitored by our theatre staff. Once you are awake, you will be taken back to your private room to rest. Your nurse will visit you regularly to make sure you are okay and to carry out post-surgery clinical observations, but you can also call them at any time by pressing a button on your bed.
Most people who have hip replacement surgery will need to stay in the hospital for a number of days, while those having arthroscopic surgery can often return home the same or following day.
Before you are discharged from the hospital, your physiotherapist will have taught you some mobility and strengthening exercises to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of your hip. They will explain when and how often you should do these exercises once you return home.
Any mobility aids you need, like crutches or walking frames, will be provided, and the physiotherapist will make sure you are confident using them to move. You will only be discharged when you are able to move around safely and confidently.
You will see your consultant at Circle at various intervals to review your progress. This is often after 3 months, after 1 year and then every other year, although the exact timings will be decided by your consultant. If you have any questions or concerns about your recovery at any time, you can, of course, contact your consultant for advice and help.
Recovery following hip surgery