Is it normal to experience tiredness after a hip replacement?

You will feel more tired than normal doing your usual daily activities and it may come upon you suddenly as your body is using energy to heal itself. You will have had some blood loss during your operation and it can take a few weeks for the blood levels in your body to return to normal. Try to eat a healthy well balanced diet and follow the advice in the Total Hip Replacement Guide given to you (or view this content online here) about rest periods.

This information is an extract from ‘A patient’s guide to total hip replacement’, a document created to enhance our patients' recovery after a hip replacement. The complete document is available to download here.

Will I set off the security scanner alarm at the airport with my new hip joint?

Your new hip may set off metal detectors so be sure to tell the security officer that you have a hip replacement. Usually a hand held machine will be passed over the hip.

This information is an extract from ‘A patient’s guide to total hip replacement’, a document created to enhance our patients' recovery after a hip replacement. The complete document is available to download here.

How far should I walk after a hip replacement?

This varies on your fitness and what your home situation is. You should feel tired but not exhausted when you get home, so gradually build up distance, remembering you have to get back.

This information is an extract from ‘A patient’s guide to total hip replacement’, a document created to enhance our patients' recovery after a hip replacement. The complete document is available to download here.

When should I stop using a stick after a hip replacement?

Stop using the stick when you can walk as well without it as with the stick. It is better to use a stick if you still have a limp so that you do not get into bad habits that are hard to lose. Limping puts extra strain on your other joints especially your back and the other leg.  Use the stick in the opposite hand to your operated hip.

This information is an extract from ‘A patient’s guide to total hip replacement’, a document created to enhance our patients' recovery after a hip replacement. The complete document is available to download here.

Why does my joint click after a hip replacement?

This is normal and it is usually a sign that those swollen tissues are moving over each other differently than before. You shouId not let this worry you, as this should improve as healing continues.

This information is an extract from ‘A patient’s guide to total hip replacement’, a document created to enhance our patients' recovery after a hip replacement. The complete document is available to download here.

Why do my legs feel a different length following hip replacement surgery?

During your operation, your consultant will assess your leg length and endeavour to ensure you have equal leg length. There are many reasons that your legs may feel different lengths after surgery such as swelling, range of movement, pre-existing alignment and muscle memory. This sensation can be fairly normal in the first few weeks of recovery but by six weeks should have resolved. If you are still concerned at this stage please speak to your consultant at your follow up appointment.

This information is an extract from ‘A patient’s guide to total hip replacement’, a document created to enhance our patients' recovery after a hip replacement. The complete document is available to download here.

How long do hip replacements last?

While hip replacements are designed to last a long time, they will not last forever. The good news is that studies show that common types of hip replacements can last more than 20 years. How long your hip replacement will last depends on how active you are, how much you weigh, and your overall health. While some patients may have hip replacements that last several decades, other patients may require a repeat hip replacement just a handful of years after their surgery.

This information is an extract from ‘A patient’s guide to total hip replacement’, a document created to enhance our patients' recovery after a hip replacement. The complete document is available to download here.

I have a numb patch around the wound after my hip replacement - is this normal?

Numbness around the incision is due to small superficial nerves being disrupted during surgery. The area usually reduces, but there may be a permanent small area of numbness or altered sensation.

This information is an extract from ‘A patient’s guide to total hip replacement’, a document created to enhance our patients' recovery after a hip replacement. The complete document is available to download here.

Is it normal to have disturbed nights after a hip replacement?

Yes, very few people sleep through the night for six weeks or more after the operation. As with sitting, lying down for a period of time will cause you to stiffen up and the discomfort will then wake you up. Many people will still be sleeping on their backs which may not be their normal sleeping position and this can result in sleep patterns being disturbed.  It is fine to sleep on your side when you feel able to.

This information is an extract from ‘A patient’s guide to total hip replacement’, a document created to enhance our patients' recovery after a hip replacement. The complete document is available to download here.

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