Recovery & Rehabilitation

Planning for discharge from the hospital after hip surgery begins when surgery is scheduled.

Your home situation, mobility, medical condition and the availability of family assistance may influence the discharge plan.

While each patient is different, the goal is for you to recover from your surgery in the comfort of your own home as soon as possible. Most patients prefer to have family members and friends close-by to support them during rehabilitation.

If special assistance such as medical equipment rental, home nursing care, outpatient therapy or a stay in a skilled nursing facility are required, our Care Management department will work with you to coordinate the details.

What You Can Expect After Joint Replacement Surgery:


Improvements in surgical techniques and post-operative care mean that within a few days you will most likely go straight home from the hospital. For some patients a stay in a rehabilitation center or care facility may be necessary before they're able to return home. Your Joint Care Coordinator will work with your care team to determine what's best for you and arrange additional support at home if required.

Time Line

Complete recovery time can vary, but you can expect to use a walker for about 4 weeks. In as little as 4 to 6 weeks, you may begin driving again. Activities such as golf and bowling can be resumed in as few as 10 to 12 weeks.

0 days—surgery
2–4 days—leave hospital
5 days—begin outpatient rehab

4 weeks—walking w/o walker anticipated for hip surgery
3–6 weeks—resume driving
10-12 weeks—resume other activities

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Bone & Joint Center
(616) 738-3884
Kristie Dennett
Orthopedics Coordinator
(616) 494-4032
Shoreline Orthopaedics
(616) 396-5855