Frequent Questions About Hip Surgery

Hip preservation means more than just hip surgery – it is total care of your hip joint. Our goal is to help you be free of pain, and return to physical strength and good range of motion. To help you feel more confident in your treatment plan, here are some of the common questions our patients ask.

What are the risks?

Most patients have a low risk for problems from surgery. You may have pain and numbness in the surgery area after surgery. There is some risk of hip dislocation, leg length discrepancy, and/or fracture. You may also have bleeding from your surgical wound. You will learn the major risks of surgery when talking to the doctor and reading the surgery consent form. Major risks of any surgery include but are not limited to infection, pneumonia, heart problems, or blood clots. There is little risk of death with this surgery. Your doctor will always discuss the risks of surgery specific to your health.

How long will it take to recover?

Your hip will continue to heal and gain strength for up to 1 year after surgery. Common problems include loss of strength and limited range of motion as the hip heals. Most patients feel better about 3 months after surgery. By 6 months, most patients are happy they had surgery.

When can I return to work?

Talk to your employer about medical leave. You will be excused by our office for 3 months after surgery. You may be able to return sooner based on your job. Please contact the office when you are ready to return to work so we can provide you with a letter for your employer.

When can I restart a sport or other activity?

It depends on the activity or sport. It also depends on how your body is healing and improving after the surgery. Always talk with your doctor and physical therapist before restarting sport or active hobbies.

Hip Preservation Program (PDF)

For more detailed information about what to expect from your hip surgery and recovery, you can download our Hip Preservation Program booklet for Periacetabular Osteotomy.