How do I best prepare for Hip surgery?

Having a hip replacement is a big decision and one that you have more than likely given a lot of consideration. The good news is that hip replacement is one of the most successful medical operations in improving pain and function for patients. There have also been a lot of developments in techniques, technology and implants that have greatly increased the effectiveness of hip replacement.

Hip replacement is normally the last step to alleviate pain and improve function allowing you to return to normal daily living activities. This is normally taken after other options such as pain relief, weight loss and anti inflammatory pharmaceutical options.

Your surgeon and medical specialists will advise you around what is required before surgery but there are some activities you may be able to perform to help prepare your muscles around the hip and possibly improve your outcomes after your operation. A few daily exercises in the weeks leading up to your operation may assist with:

20 – 30 mins per day for 4-8 weeks prior to your surgery is all it takes using targeted exercises tailored to improving the muscles around your hips. Your Pocwear shorts are great to use as they are comfortable for exercise and allow you to apply ice therapy following any exercise to minimise pain and swelling if it occurs.

Please see below some exercise you could utilise in the lead up to your surgery. Do not push yourself to the level of pain and discomfort but typically 2 sets of 10 repetitions for each exercise is sufficient.

Leg Extension


Lie on your back with a towel or small pillow under your knees. Start with your knees in a bent position then slowly extend your legs forcing your knee to the floor.

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Gluteal Exercise


Lie on your back with your legs flat. Try to push your heels into the ground and squeeze your buttocks trying to lift your buttocks off the floor slightly.

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Heel Slides


Lie on your back on a bed or matt on the floor. With both legs fully extended slowly bend your operative leg by sliding your foot towards your buttocks.

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Standing Hip Extension


While standing move your leg back. Use the back of a chair or railing to maintain your balance.

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Standing Hip Abduction


While standing raise or move your leg out to the side. Keep your legs straight while you do this exercise. Use a chair or railing for balance if needed.

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Single Leg Stance


Stand on one leg and maintain your balance. This helps to maintain balance and increase range of motion. Hold each stance for 5 seconds.

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Always consult with your treating Doctor around any exercises. Do not proceed if you experience significant pain.