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Recovery time for Hip Revision Surgery

27 April 2023

Hip Replacement | Dr. Pradeep Sharma
Recovery time for Hip Revision Surgery

A revision total hip replacement is a surgical procedure done after the hip replacement when the original hip replacement fails or wears out over time. It is a common orthopaedic surgery in which the damaged or worn-out part of the hip is replaced with an artificial transplant. As it is done after the hip replacement, it is called a revision hip replacement

You may require revision hip replacement from the best doctors for hip replacement surgeries for several reasons. Here are some of the most common damages:

  •      Wear and tear
  •      Implant loosening
  •      Infection
  •      Dislocation
  •      Implant breakage
  •      Fracture
  •      Malalignment 

These damages cause you severe pain and discomfort in your movements. And, when conservative options like medication and physiotherapy turn unsuccessful in relieving pain and improving immobility, you should opt for hip revision surgery from the best doctors for hip revision surgery

Hip revision surgery is a more complex than original hip replacement surgery because it requires the removal of the old implant, which has caused damage inside. The procedure involves anaesthesia to numb the area. Then, the old implant is carefully exposed by an incision in the skin over the hip joint. Proper cleaning is done by extracting the remaining cement or debris and shaping the bone to fit the new implant. Then, the new implant is placed by securing it with either a cement or press-fit technique. The surgeon then closes the incision with stitches or staples. 

You can find the best revision hip replacement surgery in Delhi at Neemtree Healthcare, the best orthopaedic hospital.

What is the Hip Revision Recovery Timeline?

The hip revision recovery timeline depends on the individual and the extent of the revision surgery. However, the recovery process generally takes few weeks to months to get back on track. Just after the surgery, you need to stay in the hospital for a few days for monitoring and rehabilitation. A revision hip replacement also requires some physical therapy as it helps restore mobility and strength. 

Once your revision surgery is done, taking care of yourself and your hip is critical, which includes avoiding difficult moments and high-impact activities. And after a few weeks, you may gradually start walking using crutches and walkers under the guidance of your doctor or physical therapist. 

Most patients return to normal activities within 3 to 6 months of the revision surgery. However, it may take you less or more time than this. It's essential to follow what you have suggested to ensure a healthy recovery.

How Should You Prepare for Hip Revision Surgery?

      1.  Maintain a healthy diet

Eating a well-balanced diet rich in nutrients can support your overall health and aid in your recovery after revision hip replacement. A diet high in essential nutrients can help strengthen your immune system, support bone health, promote tissue healing, and provide the energy your body needs for recovery. Include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet, as they are rich sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat bread, can provide fibre and energy. Limit your intake of foods high in salt, sugar, and unhealthy fats, as they can contribute to inflammation and other health issues.

      2 .  Stay hydrated

Proper hydration is crucial for overall health and recovery after surgery. Adequate hydration can also help prevent constipation, a common side effect of pain medications often prescribed after surgery. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid excessively caffeinated or sugary beverages, as they can contribute to dehydration and other health issues

      3Follow pre-surgery dietary instructions

Your surgeon may provide specific dietary instructions to follow before your revision total hip replacement, and it's essential to adhere to these instructions carefully. These instructions may include fasting for a certain time before surgery to minimise the risk of complications during surgery, such as aspiration (inhaling stomach contents).

Your surgeon may also provide guidelines on medications and supplements to avoid before surgery, as some medications and supplements can interfere with the surgical process or increase the risk of bleeding. Make sure to communicate with your doctor about all the medications, supplements, and dietary changes you are considering or currently taking and follow their instructions closely.

       4.  Consider supplements

Your surgeon may recommend or prescribe certain supplements to support your health and recovery after your surgery. For example, calcium and vitamin D are important nutrients for bone health and may be recommended to support the healing of the new joint. Vitamin C, zinc, and other micronutrients can also support tissue healing.

However, it's essential to talk to your doctor before starting any new supplements, as some supplements may interact with medications or have potential side effects. Your doctor can provide personalized recommendations based on your health needs and circumstances.

       5.  Manage chronic health conditions

If you have any chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, it'sit's crucial to work with your doctor to manage them effectively before revision hip replacement surgery. Uncontrolled chronic health conditions can increase the risk of complications during surgery and hinder the healing process after surgery.

       6.  Exercise and physical therapy

Before revision hip replacement surgery, your doctor may recommend exercises and physical therapy to help strengthen your muscles, improve your mobility, and prepare your body for surgery. Regular exercise can also help improve your cardiovascular fitness, which can benefit surgery and recovery.

Follow your doctor's recommendations for exercise and physical therapy, including walking, swimming, cycling, and strength training. It's important to start at a level that is safe and comfortable for you and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your exercises under the guidance of your doctor or a qualified therapist.

       7. Quit smoking and limit alcohol consumption

Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can impair your body's ability to heal and increase the risk of complications during surgery. If you smoke, it's crucial to quit before surgery. Talk to your doctor about smoking cessation programs or medications to help you stop.

If you consume alcohol, it's important to limit your intake, as excessive alcohol consumption can weaken your immune system and interfere with the healing process. Follow your doctor's recommendations for alcohol consumption, which may include avoiding alcohol for a certain period before and after surgery.


If you are in pain after your hip replacement surgery or feeling damage to your artificial hip, you may be a person for a revision total hip replacement. It might be challenging for you to face the surgery for the second time, but not with the best revision hip replacement surgery in Delhi at Neemtree Healthcare. Neemtree Healthcare has the best doctor for hip replacement surgery and highly skilled physiotherapists that look for the best possible treatments for you. Let Neemtree Healthcare provide excellent medical services before you suffer a large injury!

Dr. Pradeep Sharma

Sr. Orthopedic & Joint Replacement Surgeon
MBBS, Ms (Ortho), MCh (Ortho), Fellowship

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