Should you use ice or heat after hip replacement surgery?

Most patients find ice beneficial for the first 7-10 days after surgery to help reduce swelling and pain.

Apply ice for 20 minutes per hour as often as every hour. Many patients use gel packs that can be frozen, while others find ice machines very convenient. Ask us if you’d like to arrange a rental.

If you prefer to use ice packs, remember to wrap them in a pillowcase or towel so they are not in direct contact with your skin as this can cause burns. After your surgery you may experience some temporary changes in skin sensation near your incision, so you will need to take extra care to avoid prolonged direct exposure to ice.

Approximately two weeks after surgery you can start using heat as needed.