Enhanced Recovery Canada™ (ERC) resources for patients undergoing hip replacement surgery explain how to prepare for surgery and what you can do to feel better and safer, in the hospital and at home. These resources include instructions on things like eating and drinking, physical activity and controlling your pain and nausea.
Our patient booklet and animated resource are evidence-informed and guided by best practices being used across Canada. These approaches are helping reduce complications after surgery and the length of time you stay in the hospital. They also help make your experience in the health system better, helping you work as a team with your healthcare providers.
What is hip replacement surgery?
Hip replacement surgery is sometimes referred to as hip arthroplasty and is a form of orthopaedic surgery.
When the hip joint is damaged or worn out, the head of the femur (ball) and the acetabulum (socket) is replaced with an artificial part called a prothesis. Your surgeon will explain the types of protheses that are available and talk with you about which prosthetic device might be best for you. The surgery is called a total hip replacement or hip arthroplasty.
Your surgeon will let you know if you are a good candidate for outpatient hip replacement surgery. If you are an outpatient, the surgery and hospital stay will last less than 24 hours.
How can you heal safer and faster after hip replacement surgery?
Our patient booklet and animated resource are designed to help you navigate the surgical journey, including after you’re discharged. They offer evidence-informed approaches that can reduce complications after surgery and the length of time you stay in the hospital. They can also make your experience in the health system better, helping you work as a team with your healthcare providers.