What Precautions Should I Take After Hip Replacement Surgery?
Undergoing hip replacement surgery is only the first step in improving your comfort, mobility, and overall quality of life. The recovery from your procedure plays a critical role in how soon you can return to your normal activities. Our experienced orthopaedic surgeons are dedicated to supporting you through this experience, and they can help you understand the best ways to speed healing and maximize your results. In addition to your post-operative care instructions, excellent self-care is an essential part of your journey back to full health.
Following your hip replacement operation, you will likely be advised to do the following:
- Avoid crossing your legs or twisting your leg inward or outward
- Avoid bending at the waist beyond 90 degrees or lifting your legs above the waist
- Sleep on your back as much as possible, always with a pillow between your knees
- Take small steps, be careful over uneven terrain, and use a walker or cane until told otherwise
- Sit on a firm, straight-backed chair when getting dressed, rather than standing
- Avoid soft chairs and couches
- Scoot to the edge of beds and chairs before standing up and use objects to support you while rising
- Sit in taller chairs that ensure your knees are lower than your hips
- Avoid sitting for more than about 30-40 minutes at a time
In addition to these precautions, there are several modifications for bathing, dressing, and performing common activities such as driving or taking the stairs. Your surgeon will provide a comprehensive list of instructions following your surgery, and they will also address any questions and concerns you may have.
For more information about post-operative instructions following hip replacement surgery, or to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced orthopaedic surgeons, please contact us today.