In a total hip replacement (also called total hip arthroplasty), the damaged bone and cartilage is removed and replaced with prosthetic components. The damaged femoral head is removed and replaced with a metal stem that is placed into the hollow center of the femur.
- Regular exercise before surgery can help your recovery.
- Exercise also helps to: Keep the movement in your hip, make your muscles strong, control your pain, build your knowledge of how to exercise after surgery, reduce your body weight, improve your sleep.
Range of motion exercises – Leg slide out, hip stretches
Strengthening exercises – knee straightening, hip lift (bridge)
Stretching exercises – hamstring stretch, calf stretch, thigh stretch on belly
Exercise after surgery will help you to
Recover and regain movement and strength in your hip, reduce swelling, improve sleep, prevent blood clots, improve balance, control pain, increase activity tolerance, prevent constipation.