Peri-Operative Care Instructions

For Patients and Caregivers

Your Nurse Navigator will provide you with guidelines for your post-surgery recovery, but here are general guidelines for at-home recovery from hip replacement surgery including normal recovery symptoms along with abnormal or emergency symptoms. Patients, please remember to share these guidelines with your caregiver so that they can watch for these symptoms too.


Common/Normal Symptoms (no action necessary for these symptoms)

  • Low grade fever (less than 100.5o F)
  • Small amount of blood or fluid leaking from the surgical site
  • Bruising, swelling and discoloration in the involved limb or adjacent areas of the body
  • Mild numbness surrounding the wound site, possibly for 6-9 months


Abnormal Symptoms (call your surgeon and/or patient care navigator immediately if you experience these symptoms)

  • Fever of more than 100.5o F
  • Progressively increasing pain
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Excessive dizziness
  • Persistent headache
  • Red, swollen, oozing incision sites


Emergency (call the on-call physician if these symptoms are mild, otherwise seek immediate attention by calling 911)

  • Chest pain (call 911)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness
  • Persistent fevers >100.5o F
  • Weakness, numbness, unable to move the leg operated on
  • Red, swollen or painful calf and/or increased numbness or tingling in your foot

After Surgery Benefits

  • Dramatic pain relief
  • Pain decreases, function improves
  • Better range of motion
  • Minimizes the time from surgery to recovery

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