Hip replacement surgery often follows a hip fracture, especially if the person is older rather than younger. At times, blood cannot properly re-supply the hip joint and thus the bone may collapse or grow deformed after the fracture.
This is a major surgery, so it is important for anyone who undergoes it to understand the healing process and how they can impact the outcome.
Avoiding blood clots
Mayo Clinic discusses hip replacement surgery and what it means for a person. As mentioned, this is a major history and it is important to follow the doctor’s orders first and foremost.
Outside of that, you want to engage in movement after the procedure. After any surgery, blood clots may form. Walking and other light movement will help prevent the clots from forming in the legs. Crutches or a walker may be necessary especially in the day or days following the procedure. Compression stockings can also help, as they prevent blood pooling.
Physical therapy and aftercare
Physical therapy will likely follow, too. This can help speed the recovery process, along with continuing to prevent blood clots. Exercise should remain part of any healthy person’s schedule, but it is especially important here. Strength training and mobility exercises can both help a person recovering to regain control over their walking and running.
Finally, have at-home care under control. You do not want to bend or reach for anything while recovering. Try to keep all necessary items within reach. It helps to have a loved one stay in-home for a while to help with meals and other tasks, too.
As the recovery progresses, more mobility and less pain will occur, and this is when the full benefits of surgery will start to shine.