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Rehabilitation following reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee varies upon the specific procedure performed and the specific circumstances of each individual patient.

We have recently employed principles for total hip arthroplasty for example that result in very rapid return to home after surgery, often even the day after surgery.  In addition to issues of surgical technique, the fundamental principles involve the use of non-narcotic methods of pain management and the minimal use of narcotics in the immediate post-operative period.  The medicines that we are trying to avoid are responsible for a number of problems including drowsiness, nausea, stomach upset, and fatigue. Patients are much happier after surgery if these problems are avoided.

In addition to perioperative medication management, we go to significant effort to get patients up as soon as possible following surgery, often within two hours of total hip replacement surgery.  Early mobilization has tremendous benefits including reducing the risk of blood clots, improving lung function, and more rapid return to normalcy in general.  Many patients wish to return to their own homes as soon as possible and these treatment methods make that quite likely.

Below is a link for the rehabilitation protocols for recovery following tissue-preserving total hip arthroplasty.


Rehabilitation following Tissue-Preserving, Minimally-Invasive Total Hip Arthroplasty using a Superior Capsulotomy (PDF).