Most hip replacement patients return to normal activity within three to six months after surgery, according to Bone Smart. Doctors break hip replacement surgery recovery into two segments: short-term recovery and long-term recovery.
During short-term recovery, hip replacement patients walk with aid and take prescription pain medications. This period lasts 10 to 12 weeks. During long-term recovery, patients heal completely and begin walking unaided. They do not need prescription medications anymore and eventually return to normal activity. This period lasts approximately six months, according to Bone Smart. Hip replacement recovery depends on the type of surgery performed, the patient's overall health and how successful rehabilitation is afterward.