One of the most critical factors in achieving successful total hip replacement depends upon
your diligence in physical rehabilitation. You must actively participate in the rehab process, working diligently on your own, as well as with the physical therapists, to achieve optimal results.
Your recovery program usually begins the day after surgery. The rehabilitation team will
work together to provide the care and encouragement you need during the first few days after
surgery.You may be given a device called an incentive spirometer that you inhale and exhale
into. It measures your lung capacity and assists you in taking deep breaths. These exercises
reduce the collection of fluid in the lungs after surgery, preventing the risk of pneumonia. Coughing is an effective tool for loosening any congestion that may build in the lungs
The physical therapists will begin as early as 1-2 days after surgery. They will teach you
simple exercises that can be performed in bed to strengthen the muscles in the hip and lower
extremity. They will also guide you through safe technique to Moving up and down in bed, Going from lying to sitting, Going from sitting to standing, Going from standing to sitting, Going from sitting to lying. Whilst these are all simple movements it is important that they are done correctly following surgery.