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Common questions when leaving the hospital after hip replacement surgery

  • Before you go home, you will receive instructions on foods, medicines, an exercise program, activity level, care equipment, follow-up appointments, and signs and symptoms to watch for.

    If you have any questions, ask your health care team. They want your recovery to be as smooth as possible.

    The following are the most common questions.

    expand to learn moreWhen should you call your surgeon?

    expand to learn moreWhen do you need to see your surgeon?

    expand to learn moreHow do you take care of your incision?

    expand to learn moreHow long do you need to wear graduated compression stockings (white elastic socks)?

    expand to learn moreWhat are your activity restrictions and how do you follow them?

    expand to learn moreHow soon can you take a shower?

    expand to learn moreWhen can you return to eating your normal foods?

    expand to learn moreWhat causes constipation?

    expand to learn moreWhen can you resume sexual activity?

    expand to learn moreWhen can you drive a car?

    expand to learn moreWhen can you return to work or your hobbies?

    expand to learn moreWhat precautions should you keep in mind?

    expand to learn moreDo you need to take preventive antibiotics before dental work?

    expand to learn moreDo you need to take preventative antibiotics before other procedures?

    expand to learn moreWill my joint set off metal detectors in airports?

  • Important

    Do not have any routine dental appointments for three months after your surgery.