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Arthroscopic Hip Surgery

Guide for Care

Listed below is some information and instructions that will assist you in the recovery period after your hip surgery.


Your incisions are approximately 2 cm long and have one or two sutures in them. You will have a small dressing in each incision. Leave the dressing on until you are reviewed in the rooms. If the dressings start to come off please replace them. If you do not have a replacement dressing please use a normal bandaid.


You may get the dressing wet in the shower. Gently pat the dressing dry after showering. You do not need any special soap or antiseptic. If the dressing or steri-strip comes off after the shower please cover with a bandaid. Please avoid having a bath or going swimming until after your post-operative visit with your doctor and have made sure the wound is clean and dry.


You will be assessed by the physiotherapist as to whether or not you require crutches. If you do have crutches you can go off your crutches as soon as you feel confident or are instructed to do so by your doctor.


Please do the exercises as shown on the attached sheet or as instructed by your doctor. You will not require formal physiotherapy until being assessed by your doctor at your post-operative appointment.


Expect some pain or discomfort following the surgery. Icing your hip for 20 minutes every 2-3 hours can be beneficial but is not essential. Take the prescribed medication as instructed or as required. Unless you are unable to take them, anti-inflammatories are particularly helpful.


Your check-up is usually 7-14 days after the surgery where the wounds will be inspected.


  • You have a temperature of over 38.5 degrees.
  • You start to feel increasingly unwell.
  • The wound and surrounding area becomes red.


Please contact the hospital where you had your surgery, see your GP or go to the closest accident and emergency department at your closest hospital.


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