Dr. Bates shares when a woman can go home after having a hip replacement.
I typically recommend that patients get up the day of surgery. I think it’s important from a psychological standpoint as well as a physical standpoint that if a patient gets up the same day of surgery, i.e., they are up in the afternoon after surgery that morning, then the anxiety about rehabilitation is already breached, and it will probably knock a day off their hospitalization.
They also tend to get used to conditioning their muscles right after the surgery, and they realize for the first time that the pain that they had prior to surgery, their arthritis pain is actually gone. Now they are dealing with some surgical pain, but many times that’s not nearly as bad as the arthritis pain. So people are quite surprised, and many people will spend one day in a hospital and even go home the next day, provided they do get up the day of surgery, they get up the day of surgery.
About Dr. Bates, M.D.:
Dr. James E. Bates, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in joint replacement surgery and sports medicine at Alvarado Hospital. Dr. Bates places his focus in sports medicine and the reconstruction and replacement of damaged bones, joints, and cartilage resulting from sports injuries, traumatic injuries, and tumors of the extremities. He was trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell University Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. As an orthopedic surgeon, Navy Flight Surgeon, and Navy Diving Medical Officer, he serves as a consultant to the San Diego-based Navy SEAL Teams.