There are few dislocations after anterior hip replacement, so unlike other procedures that usually require movement restrictions to prevent accidentally dislocating the hip while healing, you will be able to bend at the hip, cross your legs, and sleep without a pillow between your knees. Most patients return home within two to three days of the procedure, but some leave the day after or even the same day as the procedure. Drain tubes will be removed the day after surgery and if they were used, the external staples or sutures are usually removed in 10 days to two weeks. Your scar will fade considerably over time. Because muscles are not cut or detached, there is often minimal pain during recovery and patients generally don’t need extensive physical therapy. Your surgeon will recommend when you can return to work, specific sporting activities, and driving. Anterior hip replacement typically has a faster initial recovery period than other hip replacement procedures, but the long term results are the same. The anterior hip replacement procedure provides complete or nearly complete pain relief for a wide variety of patients, and has a high degree of patient satisfaction.