Hip Arthroscopy: After Surgery

You will likely go home the day of your surgery. Before you go home, you will be told how to care for your hip as it heals. You’ll probably have a follow-up appointment 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. At this visit, sutures may be removed. Your surgeon may also prescribe physical therapy.

In the recovery room

Woman walking in hospital with healthcare provider.

You are in the recovery room for a short time after your procedure. While you’re there, hospital staff help you get up and walking soon after your procedure. Your surgeon may limit your amount of weight-bearing activity after surgery. You may also need a brace, crutches, or both. 

Going home

You are likely given crutches or a walker to bring home with you. You’re told how long to use them. You’re also told how much you can walk or stand on the operated leg. You may be given a brace to wear. You may also be told to wear compression stockings for a few days after surgery to help prevent blood clots.

 

Call 911

Call 911 right away if you have any of the following:

  • Chest pain

  • Shortness of breath

When to call your doctor 

Call your surgeon or doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Hip pain gets worse

  • Pain or swelling in your calf or leg not related to your incision

  • Tenderness or redness in your calf

  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider

  • Shaking chills

  • Swelling or redness at the incision site gets worse

  • Fluid draining from the incision

 

After surgery

Use this list to remind you of what to do after surgery.

  • Your dressing should be changed in 24 hours. Ask whether this should be done at home or at the surgeon’s office.

  • Take care of your incisions as directed. You can usually begin bathing again in 24 hours.

  • Use ice as instructed to reduce swelling and pain.

  • If you were given crutches or a walker, use as instructed.

  • See your surgeon for a follow-up visit on ­­­______________________.                                 

  • Do rehab exercises as prescribed.

  • Ask your surgeon what activities you should avoid.



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