After a Hip Fracture: Common Questions
No one plans on having a hip fracture. But a sudden fall or accident can be a life-changing event. You'll need surgery to repair the fracture, and time for it to heal. It's normal to have concerns about what to expect at this time. Below are answers to some common questions.
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.
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. The pain should also lessen with time and proper exercise.
Why do I need to begin doing exercises right after surgery?
Exercise is needed for proper healing. Some exercises help prevent blood clots. Others build strength to help you get out of bed and get moving.
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.
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 will I walk again?
You'll begin learning how to walk again before you leave the hospital. But for at least a few months after surgery, you'll need to use a walker or cane. To help speed recovery, practice walking farther each day.