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Total Hip Replacement (cont.)

After the Procedure

You will stay in the hospital for four to seven days.

  • The first night you will be confined to bed with a wedge-shaped pillow between your legs to keep the new hip joint in place.
  • A tube placed in the new hip joint during surgery to drain any fluid or blood likely will be removed the next day.
  • If you are having trouble urinating, another tube likely will be placed in your bladder.
  • Normally you will begin physical therapy the day after surgery, and within days you can walk with a walker, cane, or crutches.

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