The average length of stay in hospital is 5 days. Mr Thomas does operate on numerous young patients (under 50) with hip disease and this age group are often home at 3 days.
Patients are fully weight-bearing on their hip after surgery and may need crutches for up to 6 weeks afterwards. This is very variable amongst patients. Patients should have post operative physiotherapy to expedite recovery. If they are in a manual job, they will need at least 6 weeks off work. They should avoid driving for between 4 and 6 weeks.