top of page
  • Writer's pictureMr Simon Garrett

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Hip Replacement Surgery? (Private Healthcare)

hip replacement surgery

Like with any surgical procedure, a common concern among patients is the recovery time for hip replacement surgery. Recovery times vary, but many patients are pleasantly surprised to find that it's not as lengthy as they initially thought. Let's explore the typical recovery timeline for hip replacement surgery, helping patients plan around work commitments and feel at ease about getting back on their feet.


How long will you be in hospital?

Most of my patients leave the hospital two or three days after their hip replacement. This timeframe is common, assuming proficient aftercare and a follow-up consultation are in place.

How soon will you recover from hip replacement surgery?

Recovery times differ, but at around six weeks, most patients are more comfortable walking longer distances than before their operation. This milestone often marks the point where patients can resume most daily activities.

Interestingly, some even return to work at this stage! However, it's crucial to remember that recovery should not be rushed and should happen at your own pace.

Patients typically fully recover four to six months post-operation. They usually have a follow-up assessment at six weeks to ensure a smooth recovery and to receive additional support for the next stage of their recovery journey.

Younger patients often remain under review for several years, as they may require a hip revision later in life. In contrast, patients over sixty are usually discharged after recovery, as their new hip is expected to last for the rest of their lives. Given that hip replacements generally last 20-30 years, monitoring is essential, particularly for younger patients, to anticipate any future needs for revision surgery.

Heading back to work after a hip replacement

As mentioned earlier, some patients return to work as early as six weeks post-operation. Those with physically demanding jobs might need an additional week or two, depending on their recovery and specific job requirements.

Driving after a hip replacement

Most surgeons, including myself, advise against driving for 4-6 weeks following hip replacement surgery. It's important that you're able to stop the car safely in an emergency before getting back behind the wheel.

Playing sports after hip replacement surgery

Post-recovery, many patients return to a high level of physical activity. While repetitive actions like running are possible, they may accelerate joint wear. Activities involving deep hip bending, such as certain yoga poses, are generally best avoided. After three months, activities like riding and golf should be perfectly fine.

Day-to-day activities

Your physiotherapist will guide you on safely performing daily activities while on the ward. This includes getting in and out of bed, dressing, and using the bathroom. You'll also learn the safest way to resume sexual relations, initially avoiding positions that may strain your hip.

Sleeping on your back or operated side, with a pillow between your knees, is advisable for the first six weeks. During this period, you should stick to walk-in showers or seated strip washes, avoiding baths until after your first outpatient appointment. Should you require aids for bathing, Occupational Health can be contacted for assistance.


Recovery from hip replacement surgery is a journey, one that's as unique as each of my patients.

While the timelines I've shared are typical, it's important to listen to your body and follow the advice given during your follow-up consultations. Every step you take towards recovery is a step towards regaining your independence and quality of life.

Remember, your new hip is a fresh start. With the right care, positive attitude, and a bit of patience, you'll soon be back to doing the things you love – pain-free and with a renewed sense of freedom.

Here's to a successful recovery and a brighter, more active future!


bottom of page