A hip replacement can allow you to enjoy greater comfort and mobility after your recovery. However, Fairfield elder care professionals stress that it does take some time to heal. As you prepare for your hip replacement surgery, here is what you should expect during the recovery process along with some strategies to ensure the best possible outcome.
Immediately after your surgery, you will be transferred to your recovery area where you will be monitored for several hours. This is to ensure that your anesthesia has worn off completely before you attempt to walk, and the nurses will check to make sure your vital signs are normal. During the next several hours or the next day, you will be encouraged to sit up and possibly even walk with the help of a walker or other assistive device to encourage blood circulation.
Blood clots are one of the biggest concerns after hip replacement surgery. For this reason, you may wear inflatable air sleeves or compression stockings on your legs that are designed to apply the pressure needed to stop blood from pooling. Short walks along with prescription medication may also be recommended by your physician to help avoid clots. Fall-related injuries are another potential complication, which can be prevented by only doing as much as you are approved to do after your surgery.
Daily exercise plays a vital role in your recovery since it will help you regain strength in your muscles and joints. Your physical therapist will teach you some exercises that you can do right away in the hospital and others you can do at home as you gain strength. During the first few weeks of physical therapy, you may begin walking with a mobility aid such as a cane. Later, you will be able to walk unaided as your leg becomes strong enough to bear weight.
Once you return home, you will need to limit your activity until you are healed. During this time, you may need to arrange for a caregiver in Fairfield to help with household tasks such as cooking and cleaning. It is also helpful to store things you need on waist-high shelves and countertops so you do not have to bend down. Approximately six to eight weeks following your surgery, you will have a checkup with your physician to see if you are ready to return to your normal activity levels.
At Home Care Assistance, we offer post-hospital care to help seniors transition seamlessly from hospital to home and experience an efficient and effective recovery. Call us today at 203-955-1915 to learn more about our care services, which also include Fairfield respite care for family caregivers who need time to address their own personal needs. Reach out today. We are here to help.