Dr. Tsao describes the usual recovery plan for her patients who receive a hip replacement at a Banner Hospital. Dr. Tsao performs primary and revision total hip and knee replacement surgeries at Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Arizona.
The average hip replacement will generally be walking on the day of their surgery, usually with a physical therapist, usually with a walker just because they have a nervous surgeon and I like the safety of a walker. They can generally put full weight on the leg in an uncomplicated hip replacement and will be walking with the walker, transferring back and forth to the bathroom, getting in and out of bed, usually with maybe one person helping them on the second day, on the first day, perhaps on the third day.
Usually by the second and third day patients are independent. They can get up and go to the bathroom. They can go brush their teeth. They can get out of bed. They’re not tied into their beds and chairs.
When you go home the Banner Hospitals will setup home physical therapy, home health or outpatient physical therapy and outpatient blood work, depending upon what you need. A complete list of medications is given to you by your nurse and your physical therapist will be handing off your care too in outpatient or home therapist.
Once at home you’re very mobile. I do ask that my patients not do extensive amounts of housekeeping, housecleaning, yard work, garage doing, car driving, grocery shopping etc. until their wounds are healed. Once you see me at your two-week visit the staples come out and you are good to go.
I do ask patients to stay out of the water for the time that their wound is not healed just to keep things clean and dry, and then generally they’re on a cane at two to three weeks. I do have patients who have returned to the golf course at two to three weeks. I ask them to putt first, swing later.
About Dr. Audrey K. Tsao, M.D.:
Audrey Tsao received her engineering degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She attended medical school at Cornell University and completed her orthopaedic residency at Northwestern University in Chicago. She returned to Johns Hopkins University to complete a fellowship in Arthritis and Adult reconstruction surgery.
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Conditions: Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
Related Terms: Knee Replacement, Hip Replacement, Partial Knee Replacement, Total Knee Replacement, Partial Hip Replacement, Total Hip Replacement, Hip Reconstruction, Knee Reconstruction, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Physical Therapy
Health Care Provider: Banner Boswell, Boswell Medical Center, Banner Boswell Medical Center
Locations: Surprise, Glendale, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Phoenix, Sun City, Arizona, 85351
Expert: Dr. Audrey Tsao, Dr. Audrey K. Tsao, M.D., Audrey Tsao, M.D, Orthopedic Surgeon Audrey Tsao, Dr. Tsao
Expertise: Orthopedic Surgery, Arthritis, Osteoarthris, Partial Knee Replacement, Total Knee Replacement, Partial Hip Replacement, Total Hip Replacement, Knee Reconstruction, Hip Reconstruction, Muscle Sparing Surgery