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Many patients feel that if they “do not attend” in-patient rehab their outcome will be inferior. This is simply not true.

The need for in-patient rehab has been extensively researched. All studies have concluded that there is no difference in outcomes between in-patient and out-patient rehab. Hip Replacement or Hip Resurfacing replacement patients generally recover quite easily and most patient prefer to go home and have outpatient rehab rather than stay more days in a hospital/rehab facility.

There are off course exceptions and these patients benefit from further in-patient stay at a rehab facility. These include the following:

  • Bilateral hip replacements (ie both done at same time)
  • Patients with no support at home
  • Elderly patients with co-morbidities
  • Patients slow to mobilise and become independent

The RAPT score (Click here) can give you a guideline as to whether you would benefit from in-patient or outpatient rehab.


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