Most orthopedic surgeons want their hip replacement patients up and moving as soon as possible after surgery. This early movement is essential for improving your post-op success and reducing the risk of complications like blood clots and excessive scarring.
You may have special precautions or weight bearing limitations—certain ways your surgeon wants you to move (or not move) in order to protect the healing joint. These restrictions typically last 6 to 8 weeks and some restrictions may be permanent. Many patients start with the use of a walker, for balance, and progress to a cane. Every patient is different. Be sure to follow your surgeon's recommendations.