Saturday, March 25, 2017

The DO's & DON'Ts After Having a Total Hip Replacement

An important factor to remember is that your "New Hip" should not bend more than 90* degrees because of the possibility of dislocating.  With this in mind, you should be able to understand the reasoning behind the following "DOs and DON'Ts".

  • Don't put too much weight on your "new hip". Weight bearing on your hip will be as you can tolerate.  If pain is felt in your new hip joint, ease up on the weight.
  • Don't rotate (turn in or out) your new hip, but keep it in a neutral, straight position when you are sitting, lying in bed and walking.
  • Don't force your hip to bend more than 90 degrees.  avoid low stools, chairs or toilets. Have them high enough so your hip does not bend more than 90 degrees.  Arrangements can be made for you to get a raised toilet seat if necessary.
  • Don't cross your legs, even at the ankle, until your return visit to the doctor.
  • Don't attempt a tub bath until directed. 
  • Don't lie on the unoperated side without a pillow between your legs for the first 6 weeks after surgery.
  • Don't try to put your own shoes or stockings on in the usual way until six weeks after surgery.  after this time, you my careful and gently try to put your shoes on in the normal way.  If you have no pain in your new hip join, this may be continued
  • Do get in cars, buttocks first, and then swing your legs in.  To get out of the car, swing your legs out first, then stand.  You may be more comfortable sitting on a firm cushion or board when riding in a car.
  • Do take frequent short walks, but avoid fatigue.  Morning or afternoon naps may be necessary for a time.
  • Do report any drainage from the incision, pain in your leg or chest, calf tenderness or coughing of blood to your doctor.
  • Do follow these rules until your first visit to your doctor and they will give you further instructions regarded progress.

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