When you are back in your hospital room, you will begin a gentle rehabilitation program to help strengthen the muscles around your new hip and regain your range of motion. Getting up and around soon is important. In fact, you'll probably be asked to stand as quickly as 24 hours after surgery. If you had considerable pain before surgery, you most likely cut back on your activities, so your muscles may be weak. You'll need to build up enough strength to control your new hip, and early activity encourages healing, too. Your doctor and physical therapist will give you specific instructions on wound care, pain control, diet, and exercise.
Your first meal after surgery will likely be ice chips and clear liquids and will progress to solid foods as tolerated. As soon as you can, you should begin eating well-balanced meals for healing purposes.