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How long does hip replacement surgery take?

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Hip replacement procedures are typically scheduled for 2 to 2.5 hours, some of which is spent by operating personnel to prepare the room for surgery, according to Christiana Care Health System. Most hip replacement patients are hospitalized for three to four days following the operation.

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Patients may choose general anesthesia (being 'put to sleep') or spinal anesthesia, where the area of surgery is numbed, though there is no loss of consciousness. Antibiotics are often administered for the 24 hours following the operation, along with pain medication, as needed. While most patients are able to get out of bed with assistance within a day or two, a walker, a cane or crutches may be needed for several weeks. Physical therapy and rehabilitation generally takes at least six months following the replacement.

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