Work and recreational activity

Your orthopaedic surgeon will recommend how much activity to attempt safely once you have fully recovered from joint replacement surgery. Depending on your job, you may also need to find ways to avoid the heavy demands of lifting, crawling and climbing.
Recreational activities such as cycling, golf and swimming, can usually be resumed around 3 months after surgery. Your surgeon may suggest avoiding certain activities altogether – including sports that require running, jumping, quick stopping or starting – that may place excessive stress your new joint. However, they will often encourage you to do lower impact exercises, such as cycling, swimming, golfing, bowling and level walking.

As successful as this procedure has become, results may vary from person to person, and it is important to have realistic expectations. Please ask your orthopaedic surgeon about the work or sporting activities that you would like to resume after surgery. It’s important to remember that replacement joints do wear over time so discuss the timeframe you could expect your replacement hip to last and how you can ensure it lasts as long as possible.

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