In previous months we’ve covered what to expect from your hip replacement surgery and knee replacement surgery. We’ve offered many helpful tips on how to prepare for your upcoming surgery, a high-level overview of what each procedure entails, and a brief discussion about recovery. Recovery is every bit as important as going into your surgery properly prepared.


The best way to alleviate anxiety about medical procedures is to understand as well as we can expectations for before, during, and after our procedures. What follows is dedicated to post-procedure advice including tips on how to best recover from your orthopedic surgery. As with any recovery, time and patience in equal measure is key. 

How long do I have to stay in the hospital after orthopedic surgery?

Due to advancements in technology, outpatient procedures are becoming more common, meaning the procedure itself is minimally invasive and you can be up and out of the hospital on the same day. That said, if the doctor believes there could be complications from the surgery, you may need to stay longer – between one and four additional days is typical. 

How long will it take to recover from orthopedic surgery?

A full recovery from a procedure can take anywhere between a few weeks to a few months. There are many factors that contribute to recovery time. Our orthopedic surgeons work with physical therapists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to create and implement individualized recovery plans such that each patient’s needs are met. 


Note: Depending on the type of surgery undergone, doctors may recommend you walk around after the procedure to prevent blood clots from forming. Certain medications can increase your risk for blood clots, so it’s important that you inform your physicians ahead of time.

5 Tips for How to Recover Faster from Orthopedic Surgery

  • Stay on top of your physical rehabilitation or physical therapy – The goal of physical therapy is to provide you with more mobility, strength, and a greater range of motion with the end goal of restoring pre-surgery functionality. While a full recovery is not guaranteed, rehabilitation and regular therapy will allow your body to recover better and faster.
  • Keep a healthy diet – What you put into your body will influence whether you experience a faster or slower recovery. Your body needs vitamins and minerals that help optimize the healing process. Generally, lean proteins and fruits and vegetables are the way to go. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.  
  • Move it! – Many people are hesitant to move when dealing with post-surgery pain and discomfort. You may need to consult your doctor if the pain is severe enough to prevent you from moving. Remember that the more you move within the limits set by your physicians, the faster you’ll be able to strengthen your muscles and get back to your usual functions.
  • Take your prescribed medications – Take your medications as directed by your doctor to help manage any pain and inflammation that may occur. These two culprits can keep you from a speedy recovery. Thankfully, prescribed medications can help effectively manage your symptoms.
  • Attend all follow-up appointments – Regular appointments allow the doctor to check on your progress, any symptoms you may be experiencing, and the incision sites. If you must cancel an appointment, make sure to reschedule rather than skipping it.

Call the Carolinas Center for Surgery

With offices in Jacksonville, Morehead City, Beaufort, and Swansboro, North Carolina, the Carolinas Center for Surgery has cemented its reputation as one of the most respected surgery centers in Southeastern North Carolina. Our surgeons represent a wide variety of surgical fields to ensure patients have access to a diverse list of available treatments. Visit our website to schedule your appointment or call us at 252-247-2101!