Can I exercise after hip replacement surgery? The short answer is yes. Exercise is an essential part of a healthy and rewarding life, but with the onset of a degenerative disease of the hip, such as osteoarthritis, many patients worry they will have to compromise future activities. Our orthopaedic surgeons aim to give patients the pleasure of a ‘forgotten joint’. For that reason, our surgeons use specific and unique hip replacement implants with large diameter bearing. For younger (less than 70 years old) and active patients, we favor ceramic on ceramic surfaces and for other patients, we use a dual mobility articulation. Because of their technical requirement, these two types of hip bearings are seldom used by Canadian orthopedic surgeons, but the Duval surgeons are champions users. By preparing for surgery and following an individualized physiotherapy plan, a healthy and active life (including sports!) awaits our patients on the other side of hip replacement surgery.
While each patient’s journey is unique, Duval Clinic follows a standard protocol to guide patients before and after surgery and ensure the best possible outcome. From day one, you will need to follow an exercise program that you will learn from our physiotherapist as part of your surgery preparation. You will continue to follow this program after surgery and through the recovery process.
Two to four hours after surgery, you will get up for the first time with the assistance of the nurse and physiotherapist. The physiotherapist will help improve your hip’s range of motion, start muscle strengthening exercises, and help you to start walking. Thanks to our enhanced recovery program, many patients depart from the clinic using a cane as a walking aid. You will continue to do exercises at home – slowly but surely, you will progress from strengthening your walking abilities to resuming household and athletic activities.
Three weeks after surgery, a stationary bike will be incorporated into regular activity. The duration and intensity of the exercise will increase slowly but steadily. Assuming the wound is properly sealed, patients are encouraged to try gentle swimming and water walking.
For most patients, the physiotherapy recovery process is complete at the two-month mark. From here, we encourage our clients to continue an active lifestyle and participate in exercises of their choosing. Aiming to provide a forgotten joint to our patients, the surgeons of Duval Clinic are using large diameter bearing hip replacement (dual mobility or ceramic). As long as the patient feels healthy and capable, a full return to regular life activities is encouraged. Although, using large diameter bearing hip replacement, there is no activity restriction, we suggest avoiding extreme exercises (yoga with extreme positions, activities at risk of falling or injury, contact sports and long-distance running). Low-impact activities are especially encouraged, such as social dancing, cycling, gardening, bowling, ski, and golf.
Our surgical experts and excellent nursing staff are here to support you in making the right decision about hip replacement surgery. From consultation to surgery and recovery, all of our services are available in our state-of-the-art surgical clinic. For any questions, or to book a consultation, please reach out to us by clicking here.