Recovery & Support
At UCSF Health, we are renowned for our highly specialized and cutting-edge medical care. Along with innovative medicine, we strive to provide a variety of services to ensure that patients and families are fully supported while in our care. UCSF has a team of experienced social workers and condition-specific support groups as well as classes to help patients and families navigate their experiences while in our clinics and hospitals.
Our support services also include unique programs to help heal the mind and spirit, such as Art for Recovery, Healing Through Dance and complimentary spa treatments during infusion therapy. During an unfamiliar and stressful time, UCSF's support services are ready to lend a hand whenever patients and families need it most.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When can I shower after surgery?
You'll need to keep the incisions clean and dry until your first post-op visit, about a week after surgery. At that time, you'll likely be cleared to shower, but don't submerge the surgical site in a bathtub or swimming pool until three to four weeks have passed since your surgery.
- When should I have a follow-up appointment?
Plan to visit your doctor a week after surgery for an exam and X-rays.
- When should I start physical therapy?
You should start approximately one week after surgery. Patients commonly start right after the first post-op appointment.
- How long will I be on crutches?
Most patients use crutches for two weeks after hip arthroscopy.
- When can I drive after hip arthroscopy surgery?
Patients can drive once they no longer need crutches, typically two weeks after surgery.
- When can I return to school or work?
Most patients are ready to return to school or desk work five to seven days after surgery. If you’re able to work from home, your initial recovery period will be easier. If you have a physically demanding job that requires prolonged standing, walking or lifting, you may need more than a month for a safe recovery and medical clearance before returning to work.
- When can I return to recreational activities?
Generally, people resume playing sports and participating in other physical activities about six months after hip arthroscopy surgery.