Recovery After Surgery Begins Immediately

Keep in mind that although healing begins right away, everyone is different, and your recovery may not be the same as someone else’s. It’s important that you follow the instructions of your care team as you begin your recovery.

After surgery, you’ll be moved to the recovery room until your surgeon decides that you are ready to be moved to a regular hospital bed or to return home. While you’re in the hospital, your nurse will teach you how to safely get out of bed, use the bathroom, get dressed, and shower or bathe. You’ll be encouraged to start moving and walking. Many people can stand and walk the day after surgery with a walker, crutches, or a cane.

Rehab after the hospital

The rehab program you started in the hospital will continue through outpatient visits. You may go to physical therapy to strengthen your leg, and to occupational therapy to help you get back to your daily activities. Both will help give you a faster recovery and better results.

After you get home


  • Use a cane, crutches, handrails, a walker, or other assistive equipment for as long as your surgeon and physical therapist tell you to
  • Take all medicines as prescribed by your healthcare professional, including XARELTO®
  • Follow your recommended exercise program to restore movement and strengthen your hip or knee
  • Communicate with your healthcare professional about any issues you might have with your medicines or your recovery
  • Tell other members of your healthcare team, including dentists, that you’re taking XARELTO® and for how long
  • Drink lots of water, avoid alcohol, and get plenty of rest


  • Get your wound wet until your healthcare professional says you can
  • Rush your recovery—your body is healing and it can take months to recover fully
  • Drive until your healthcare professional says it’s okay
  • Engage in high-impact activities such as running or jumping
  • Hesitate to ask friends and family for help with everyday tasks, such as cleaning and shopping, for the first few weeks

Tips for taking your medications after surgery

  • Finish all the medications prescribed by your healthcare professional, even if you’re feeling better and you think you don’t need them
  • Make sure you refill your prescriptions on time so you don’t run out
  • Always tell your healthcare professional about any side effects or problems you may experience

And remember, recovery is hard. You might sometimes feel like surgery was a mistake or that it made things worse. But in those difficult moments, don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you need it. It’s important to try to keep a positive outlook and remember that the best thing you can do for your body is to follow the recovery plan laid out by your healthcare professional.