A total hip replacement is a major surgery that requires an overnight stay and lengthy recovery period. Recovery from hip replacement surgery typically takes several weeks. Sutures are removed approximately 10 days after surgery. Exercise is critical to your recovery; a progressive walking program may be advised to increase your mobility. In addition, a physical therapist may help you to restore movement and strength. Within 3 to 6 weeks, you should be able to resume normal household activities. While your new hip might feel a little strange at first, this will diminish with time, and most patients experience almost complete relief from pain.