During a total hip replacement, your surgeon will remove the damaged hipbone and cartilage and replace them with a full hip prosthetic made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. You will recover in our Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), and when your nurses determine you are ready, you will be moved to the Orthopedic Unit. During your recovery, specially trained staff will make sure that you have all the services you need to return home.
After a major procedure like hip replacement surgery, you will not be able to immediately return to your daily routine as usual. There will be a recovery period, and you will have to perform your usual activities in a way that is adapted to your new hip. An occupational therapist will assist you with that.
You will also have a physical therapist that will help you become mobile and instruct you on navigating safely with an assistive device. Most patients are discharged with home care services to ensure a safe recovery even after you have left the hospital.