Expected outcome (90-95% of patients)
- Near-complete resolution of pain
- Substantial improvement in function (walking)
- No complications
- Walking day after surgery
- Longevity of prosthesis of 15 to 20 years
Four to six months after surgery the patient should expect a near-complete resolution of pain and therefore a substantial improvement in the walking distance and other activities of daily living. As mentioned, some restrictions need to be observed indefinitely, but most of activities of daily living should be no problem. You should be able to engage in leisure walks, play golf, doubles tennis etc.
Most (90%) of people will have no significant complications or other untoward events.
A typical total hip prosthesis should last anywhere from 15 to 20 years in up to 90% of patients. After that time more and more of the prostheses will fail and may need a revision (re-do) surgery.