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Total Hip Replacement (cont.)

Next Steps after Total Hip Replacement

After the four to seven days of hospital care, you will be sent either home or to a rehabilitation center.

  • Your destination will depend on how quickly your new hip heals and on your ability to get around and perform your daily activities.
  • Therapy will continue at home or at the rehabilitation center and may last for weeks to months after your surgery. This therapy will be designed so that you will gain the most benefit from your replacement hip.
  • Ask your doctor about other instructions and precautions and when to come back for a checkup.

When to Seek Medical Care for Total Hip Replacement Complications

Call your doctor immediately if any of the following occur:

  • You become short of breath or have difficulty breathing.
  • You have pain or a crushing sensation in your chest.
  • You feel your heart is racing or beating irregularly.
  • You develop a fever.
  • You show signs of an infection -- increasing redness and warmth along the incision site or drainage of fluid from the incision.
  • Your calf, thigh, or hip becomes unusually swollen, warm, red, or painful.

If you develop problems or symptoms and cannot reach your doctor, go to the nearest emergency department for immediate consultation.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Klippel, J.H., et al. Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases. New York: Springer, 2008.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/11/2016

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