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Hip arthroplasty; Total hip replacement; Hip hemiarthroplasty
You will stay in the hospital for 3 to 5 days. But full recovery will take from 2 to 3 months to a year.
You will be encouraged to start moving and walking as soon as the first day after surgery.
Some people need a short stay in a rehabilitation center after they leave the hospital and before they go home. At a rehab center, you will learn how to safely do your daily activities on your own.
Hip replacement surgery results are usually excellent. Most or all of your pain and stiffness should go away.
Some people may have problems with infection, loosening, or even dislocation of the new hip joint.
Over time -- sometimes as long as 15 - 20 years -- the artificial hip joint will loosen. You may need a second replacement.
Younger, more active people may wear out parts of their new hip. It may need to be replaced before the artificial hip loosens.
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