Hip replacement patients experience short-term pain from surgery, but medications can make the pain manageable, according to Sutter Health. The surgery is often the last resort for patients plagued by hip arthritis seeking long-term relief, according to WebMD.
During their hospital stays, patients are prescribed exercises to help the joint heal properly, minimize scar tissue and strengthen the muscles supporting the new joint. Most patients return home within a few days of the procedure; physical therapy within the next six weeks is crucial in improving the motion of the hip and learning the proper movement during recovery that allows the new joint to heal, explains Sutter Health. During recovery, patients are advised to avoid bending the hip beyond 90 degrees and turning the hip inward.