How long until I can walk?
Everyone is slightly different in their response to the surgery. The majority feel good enough to walk the next day, with crutches for support. Where bone is removed, it is a good idea to only put a small amount of weight on the leg, and use crutches while it is still painful.
What are normal things after surgery?
It is normal to feel some discomfort and perhaps some swelling in the groin, thigh, lower back and buttock regions. Occasionally patients have some numbness or tingling in the foot, leg, groin, or genitalia, which resolves.
Can I change the dressing?
Yes. It is normal for the wounds to ooze some fluid.
When can I drive?
You shouldn’t drive in the first 48 hours after an anaesthetic. It is reasonable to drive when you have good movement and can walk and put weight on the leg.
When can I return to work?
This varies considerably with type of work, and details of procedure. Some return after a week or so, others take longer. Generally, the majority of patients are back to office-type work within 2 weeks.
How long will it take to heal?
The cuts are healed between 7 and 14 days. The sutures are dissolvable and are checked at followup. Most patients improve dramatically in the first 6 weeks and continue to get better over the next year. This is heavily dependent on the amount of damage to the lining of the hip, or arthritis found at the time of surgery. It is not unusual to have times where the hip becomes quite sore and then settles again. This is part of the normal healing process.
When do I start Physio?
At Hip Arthroscopy Australia, we recommmend dedicated hip physiotherapy services for your convenience and recovery speed.