When you’re discharged from the hospital with either your hip or knee replacement, you will go home with a bandage in place. You will be asked to leave the bandage in place and to not submerge the incision itself under water. The dressing is waterproof and should be patted dry with a clean cloth and kept clean. In approximately 10 days, the dressing will be removed by your healthcare provider, who will check to ensure proper healing. It is normal to experience some pain and discomfort during the first few days following surgery, and most patients will require the use of a walker for a few days. After the walker, patients usually use a cane to aid their walking for about a week.