What happens after you leave hospital following hip surgery?
You will be given the ward’s contact number when you leave hospital. If you have any questions, concerns or problems please don’t hesitate to ring the ward. The physios, nurses and occupational therapists can advise you what to do. The contact number for the ward therapy staff is 02921 825807.
Watch this video to see how you can help yourself to recover more quickly at home.
It is important to keep doing your exercises and gradually build up the amount of walking you do during the day. When you feel ready, start using one crutch instead of two. We would recommend to use the crutch on the opposite side to your operated leg. This ensures you are more balanced.
There is more information about using walking aids here as well as guidance on how to go up and down stairs here.
Returning aids and equipment
If you were given equipment (for example toilet raises, elbow crutches) after your operation and you are no longer using it, please arrange to have it returned so that we are able to re-use it.
- To find out how to return walking aids (crutches, zimmer frames etc) please click here.
- To arrange to return equipment given to you by NHS staff (toilet frame, commodes, caddies for zimmer frames, furniture raises) please ring either Penarth Road (Vale) 02920 712555 or Llanishen (Cardiff) 02920 873672.
Follow up appointments
Most people do not need ongoing physiotherapy after a hip replacement but if you are having physiotherapy, please continue until you and your physiotherapist are confident you can move on.
There are lots of options for further improving your fitness and getting the most out of your new hip replacement. These include on-going participation in leisure centre classes, virtual groups and support groups.