When can I drive a car?

You can ride along in a car as a Co-driver after about a week. You should only drive a car on your own after you have been able to walk without crutches, which is achieved after 2-4 weeks.

When will I be able to start working?

The ability to work naturally depends on the profession. Many patients with heavy physical exertion or a standing or walking job return to their workplace after about 6-12 weeks. For other professions, an earlier return is also possible.

When will I get used to my new hip?

It can take up to a year to get used to your new hip. During this time, some patients report slight sensitivity to the weather in their hips. A slight clacking or other sensations from the hip can be felt. If anything changes in the feeling of your hip or if you experience any symptoms, you should see your surgeon.

What kind of sports can I do with my new hip?

Sports without heavy hip loads are suitable, such as:

  • biking
  • hiking
  • walking (light jogging if necessary)
  • swim
  • golf

In individual cases and if the sport was performed before surgery:

  • Tennis (if technique is good, doubles)
  • Alpine skiing (if at all, then after a year at the earliest)

The following are generally unsuitable:

  • all competitive sports with direct opponent contact.

One should pay attention and take care of the “new joint”. The greater the stress on the new joint, the greater the risk of premature wear or loosening.

How long will my new hip last?

A hip endoprosthesis lasts about 15 years and longer (statistically).

Important factors of how long a hip replacement will last are:

  • Physical strain
  • Bone quality
  • Material and design of the prosthesis

What do I have to know regarding future surgeries?

Antibiotic prophylaxis should be carried out before any future operations, including in particular all tooth interventions. Since bacteria can enter the bloodstream during each operation, antibiotics protect your new hip joint from infection.

Is there a need for medical controls?

We recommend yearly controls.

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