What to Do after Hip Surgery

Your surgeon may provide you with instructions about what you need to do at home in the first few weeks following surgery.


  • Your doctor will remove your stitches or staples sometime between one and two weeks, unless dissolving stitches were used
  • Avoid getting the wound area wet until it has properly healed on the surface. Wearing a large bandage can help protect your wound from clothing irritation and moisture


  • You may experience loss of appetite in the beginning of your recovery
  • Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids
  • An iron supplement may be recommended


  • Your doctor and/or physical therapist will provide you with an activity program to follow
  • Performing daily exercises is a highly important aspect of early recovery
  • Normal everyday activities, such as walking, will likely resume between three and six weeks


  • Some discomfort while doing activities and at night is normal for the first few weeks
  • Physical therapy may feel uncomfortable or sometimes painful