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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Hip and Knee

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Frequently asked questions

Q. How soon can I drive?

A. There is no set timetable for this. However, it is recommended that you are safe to drive once you feel capable of performing an emergency stop, as you use your legs to stop and brace yourself. Generally this is around 2 weeks.

Q. How long will I need crutches?

A. As long as you feel necessary! You will know your hip better than anyone post-surgery, therefore we are happy for you to use crutches for as little or long as you feel is right for your hip?

Q. How long should I take off work?

A. That all depends on what you do for a living. If your job is mostly desk based work, in general 3 weeks. If you have an active job we recommend 6 weeks off or more.

Q. How soon can I exercise?

A. It depends on the kind of exercise you do. High impact exercise such as running should be held off for at least 4 weeks. Low impact activities such as a stationary bicycle are generally okay to go back to once you feel comfortable. We encourage patients to participate in light exercises from the first week following surgery.

Q. What will happen with my stitches?

A. Your stitches in most cases will be removed at your GP practice between 7 and 10 days post-operatively. Until the stitches are out and the wounds healed please keep your dressings as dry as possible.