A doctor determines when a patient is ready to drive following hip replacement surgery, states the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, but it is often safe to resume driving if no narcotic pain medication is being taken, and reflexes and strength are normal. Proper precautions ensure adequate healing.
Resuming normal activities following hip replacement takes time, according to the AAOS. It is important to stay active but not overdo it. It is important to follow the doctor's instructions regarding weight bearing, sports and exercise, sleeping positions, returning to work and sexual activity. It is possible for the new joint to dislocate and not heal properly when resuming activities too soon.