DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm having hip replacement surgery next month. I know I'll need rehabilitation afterward, but does it matter where I do it?
DEAR READER: It's been routine after hip replacement surgery to have extensive physical therapy. This rehabilitation therapy, or "rehab," usually consists of a series of outpatient appointments with a physical therapist, as well as exercises to do at home. The goal of rehab is to improve the strength, stamina and balance of walking.