What happens after hip replacement surgery?
You usually stay in the hospital for 4 to 6 days. You may need to stay in bed with a wedge-shaped cushion between your legs to keep the new hip joint in place. A drainage tube will likely be placed in your bladder to help you go to the bathroom. You likely will start physical therapy the day after your surgery. Within in days, you can walk with a walker, crutches, or a cane. You will continue physical therapy for weeks to months longer.
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