TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT FAQs
This is a difficult question as obviously it depends on the nature and length of the flight. Short haul flights should be okay after approximately 6 weeks, and long haul flights after around 3 months. However, we can discuss this is more detail in person if needed.
You should see a physiotherapist within the first week or two following your operation.
In a perfect world people take around 6 weeks off work but a lot of people are unable to do this. If your work is flexible I would suggest 6 weeks is just right, however I have a large cohort of people who have gone back to work after just a week or two. This is not, however, my advice.
You should leave your dressings in situ until you are seen in clinic by Mr Stafford who will take your dressings off himself.
There is in fact no law about this. It depends on which leg has been operated on as the main issue is your reaction time should you need to perform an emergency stop. You should always check with your insurance company as some have stipulations but the advice from a medical perspective is that you can drive when you yourself feel safe to do and that you can perform an emergency stop in a timely manner as you would have done pre-operatively. Around 6 weeks.
I routinely do not prescribe crutches for a specific length of time. Also, different physiotherapists will give different advice about this. My personal feeling is that you should use them for as long as you personally feel that you need them, and I am happy for you to discard your crutches whenever you feel you are safe to do so. This is normally somewhere between 2 and 4 weeks post-operatively but obviously there is variation between patients.
I personally feel that you should leave any form of sports of significant physical exercise for approximately 3 months to allow the implant to be fully integrated and to allow the soft tissues to recover. Obviously this depends on the sport and we can discuss this in person if needed.
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