The recovery period after hip replacement surgery varies from one patient to the next, but the average short-term recovery period is four to six months, as Orthogate explains. Most patients can resume normal activities within one to six months.
Immediately following surgery, hip replacement patients need to stay in the hospital for four to six days and rest in bed with a wedge-shaped cushion in place to stabilize the new hip, according to WebMD. Physical therapy typically begins the day after surgery, and patients are encouraged to walk using the new hip within a few days, aided by a walker or crutches. Strengthening the muscles around the hip joint is critical to successful healing and following a prescribed plan of gentle exercises aids in the patient's recovery.