It’s normal to have concerns about what to expect after surgery and it can also be a stressful time when you leave the hospital. Below are answers to some common questions that hip fracture patients have asked that may also help you.

How long before I can use the bathroom on my own?

Your catheter is removed once you can move to the bathroom. This is often a day or two after surgery. A therapist will teach you how to get on and off the toilet safely.

When can I go home?

This often depends on your health and how well you can get around. You’ll usually leave the hospital within a week. But you may need to go to a rehab center or skilled nursing facility before returning home.

Why do I need to begin doing exercises right after surgery?

Exercise is needed for proper healing. Many of the exercises help prevent blood clots after surgery. Other exercises are used to build strength to help you get out of bed and get moving.

When will the pain in my hip stop?

Your hip will likely be sore for several weeks after surgery. But this pain can be managed with medication from your surgeon. The pain should also reduce over time while you regain your strength by following your rehabilitation exercises.

Can I be as active as I was before?

After a hip fracture, you may not be able to move around as easily as you did before. But with some effort and a positive attitude, you can get back to doing many things you enjoy and love.

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