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Hip replacement surgeries usually require an in-hospital stay of several days. Even while in the hospital, the patient usually begins physical therapy exercises to begin regaining range-of-motion in the hip. Physical therapy will continue at home. Pain medication also will be administered to keep the patient comfortable.
The incision will have stitches or staples that will be removed after a few weeks.
Making certain modifications to your home may help you during your recovery. These modifications include the following:
Proper handrails along all stairs
Safety handrails in the shower or bath
Shower bench or chair
Raised toilet seat
Stable chair with firm seat cushion and firm back with two arms, which will allow your knees to be positioned lower than your hips
Long-handled sponge and shower hose
Long-handled shoe horn
Reaching stick to grab objects
Firm pillows to raise the hips above the knees when sitting
Removing loose carpets and electrical cords that may cause you to trip