Two benefits of anterior hip replacement surgery are its quick recovery time and its lack of strict restrictions on the use of your new hip. In fact, patients are encouraged to move on their own the same day as the surgery! To begin the healing process, patients who undergo anterior hip surgery should begin bearing weight on their new hip during normal activities within 24 hours of their operation. Many find they can abandon canes, walkers, and other supports within seven days. Physical therapy, swimming, and using a stationary bike are encouraged, as these begin rebuilding atrophied muscles right away.