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After having a hip replacement, you may expect your lifestyle to be a lot like how it was before surgery — but returning to your everyday activities will take time. Being an active participant in the healing process can help you get there sooner and will ensure a more successful outcome.

Though recommendations will depend on the type of implant and other factors in your situation, physical therapy within the first six weeks is important during hip surgery recovery. The specified exercises improve the motion of the hip and teach you how to move about during recovery to allow your new joint to heal. Patients who comply with physical therapy exercises tend to recover much faster.

To learn more about hip surgery recovery, you can always contact Dr. Nicholas Mast to discuss these topics in further detail. His office is located in San Francisco, and he performs surgery at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital.

A pelvic fracture is a serious matter. If no action is taken after the trauma, fracture fragments may not heal for a variety of reasons and may cause a painful nonunion. In situations with ongoing hemorrhaging associated with the pelvic fracture, delaying surgery can be deadly. Early pelvic stability can be life-saving.

Patients usually describe significantly improved comfort after pelvic fracture surgery. Their surgical wounds can be sore for several days, but this is a vast improvement compared to the pain generated from pelvic instability, which is alleviated by the procedure.

Pain medication is used only as necessary for the first week or so after surgery. Most patients are prescribed narcotics, to be taken orally, for a week or two following surgery. Eventually, the patient will have to strengthen and stretch the pelvic region with physical therapy. This process can be extensive depending on the severity of the injury.

Dr. Nicholas Mast is a specialist in surgery of the Hip and Pelvis located in San Francisco. His goal is to provide the highest quality care by “treating each patient as if they are your own family.” For more information about pelvic fractures and the recovery process, contact us.