Rehabilitation for total hip replacement in Reading, Berkshire
If you about to or have recently undergone a revision for your total hip replacement (THR), we offer a high-tech rehabilitation service to speed your recovery and help you get back to the activities you love.
As you know, a revision total hip replacement is an operation used to relieve pain and disability due to a failure of the existing prosthesis. You will probably have undergone a revision of your hip replacement due to simple loosening of the existing prosthesis over time. However, some individuals need to undergo a revision hip replacement due to dislocation or infection of their existing prosthesis.
How will Circle Reading Hospital help me rehabilitate after my surgery?
Although you have been through a similar process with your previous hip replacement, recovery from a revision hip replacement may be a little slower and our physiotherapists will recognize this as they help you through your recovery.
The first phase of your recovery will be focused on managing your pain and early mobilization to prevent excessive hip stiffness developing and reduce any chances of DVT and infection. Our expert physiotherapists at Circle Reading Hospital will help you to safely transfer out of bed on the day of your surgery or the following morning after surgery. You will be provided with a walking frame or elbow crutches to initially start to weight bear and walk.
With help from your physiotherapist you will be taught and supervised how to safely ascend and descend stairs prior to being discharged from hospital. For a period of time after your hip replacement there will be certain activities and movements that your surgeon will not want you to perform due to a small risk of dislocating your hip. Your physiotherapists will educate you on how best to avoid these movements and activities and provide some alternatives so you can return to independence as quickly as possible.
The second phase of your recovery will focus on enabling you to be able to walk with a more normal gait pattern and wean off the walking frame or elbow crutches to using sticks. Our physiotherapists will design a specific rehabilitation regime to help you regain strength and balance in your operated leg. At this stage many of the exercises will be non-weight bearing and will target the hip extensor muscles (which help to propel you forwards and upwards when walking or climbing stairs/ getting out of a seat) and the hip abductor muscles (which help to stabilize your hip and pelvis when walking and standing on one leg).
The third phase of your recovery will begin when you have recovered from any acute pain associated with the surgery and when you have recovered enough strength and balance in your operated leg to commence more aggressive, weight bearing exercises. The exercises our physiotherapists prescribe during this phase will typically take in to consideration your normal activity levels/ sports/ hobbies and will aim to increase functional strength. Examples of exercises prescribed may be step ups to increase your strength and balance when climbing stairs or shallow squats to enhance your ability to be able to sit to stand.
Intensive rehabilitation suite at Circle Reading
We welcome patients who have had their revision hip replacement at Circle Reading and at other hospitals to our state-of-the-art rehabilitation suite. This contains high-tech equipment specifically designed to speed and increase the effectiveness of your recovery.
We can offer up to 180 minutes of therapy per day during your hospital stay or extend this intensive rehabilitation protocol as you require when you have returned home following surgery. The service is available at Circle Reading Hospital regardless of where you had your surgery, and we can arrange easy transportation to Circle Reading.
Read more about what we offer and your options on our dedicated Circle Rehabilitation website - and if you or a loved one would like a tour of the hospital and a chat with a physiotherapist or consultant, please let us know.