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.