Dr.Roger Brighton

Recovery

Here are some estimates of recovery milestones from Hip and Knee Replacement:

Day 0

Operation + cannula in the vein for fluids and medicines & catheter in the bladder (so you don’t have to worry about getting out of bed in the first few hours)

Day 1

Sitting out of bed + taking first steps with Physio. (usually with walking frame)

Day 2

Cannula and catheter removed, mobilisation continues. Usually started on oral pain relief.

Day 3-5

Walking further each day. Moved onto crutches when comfortable and confident. Ready to move home with support or to Rehabilitation if you have planned to do so.

Week 2-4

  • Getting stronger, more mobile and confident. Follow-up appointment in Dr Brighton's office about 5-6 weeks post-op.
  • Post-op "precautions" relaxed.
  • Usually able to drive and resume sedentary or light ambulatory employment, e.g office work.

Week 5-8

May be able to resume sports depending on the demands. Certainly controlled gym work, walking and swimming are permitted during this period.

HSS Orthopaedics Hospital for Specialist Surgery
Suite 1, Level 1, 17-19 Solent Circuit, Bella Vista NSW 2153
Central West Orthopeaedics &
Sports Injuries
Westmead Specialist Centre
Suite 12, Level 1, 16 -18 Mons Rd, Westmead NSW 2153