Keep the wound clean and dry. Your doctor will let you know when you can shower or bathe. Swelling may be present for 3 to 6 months following hip replacement and can be controlled with ice and by elevating your legs slightly. You may be asked to bear only partial weight on the leg for a while. Follow your physical therapy program for at least 2 months. Walking, stationary bicycling and swimming are good exercises but ensure that your wound is completely healed.
You must be aware of the signs of infection or blood clot formation and quickly return to the hospital should you develop more than normal pain, swelling, redness, fever, chills or drainage from the wound.
Your doctor will decide when you can engage in your regular activities, resume work, start driving and return to sexual activity depending on your condition and progress with therapy.