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How active is the lifestyle following hip replacement surgery?

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The lifestyle after hip replacement surgery involves significantly reduced activity and movement involving the affected leg, according to WebMD. These restrictions diminish over time, but some of the movement restrictions are necessary for between 6 and 12 months to prevent re-injury of the hip area.

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Immediately after surgery, patients frequently must stay in the hospital for bed rest between 4 and 6 days, WebMD says. This often requires wedges placed between the knees to keep the hip in the right position. Drainage tubes are often used so patients do not have to get up to urinate. Physical therapy usually begins the day after surgery, and some mobility using a cane, walker or crutches is usually possible after a few days.

Once a patient goes home from the hospital, for between 6 and 12 months after surgery, the patient must avoid any twisting or pivoting with the affected leg, according to WebMD. The patient also should avoid allowing the knee to bend in past the midline of the body or raising the leg above 90 degrees from the hip. Many heavy activities and sports should be avoided, as should overuse of stairs or reclining chairs. A doctor should be consulted before a patient resumes driving or sexual activity.

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