After Hip Replacement Surgery Do’s and Dont’s

After having a hip replacement, you may expect your lifestyle to be a lot like how it was before surgery—but without the pain. In many ways, you are right, but returning to your everyday activities will take time. Being an active participant in the healing process can help you get there sooner and ensure a more successful outcome.Even though you will be able to resume most activities, you may have to change the way you do them. For example, you may have to learn new ways of bending down that keep your new hip safe. The suggestions you find here will help you enjoy your new hip while you safely resume your daily routines.

Dos and Don’ts To Protect Your New Hip

Dos and don’ts (precautions) vary depending on your doctor’s surgical technique. Your doctor and physical therapist will provide you with a list of dos and don’ts to remember with your new hip. These precautions will help to prevent the new joint from dislocating and ensure proper healing. Here are some of the most common precautions:

The Don’ts

    • Don’t cross your legs at the knees for at least 6 to 8 weeks.
    • Don’t bring your knee up higher than your hip.
    • Don’t lean forward while sitting or as you sit down.
    • Don’t try to pick up something on the floor while you are sitting.
    • Don’t turn your feet excessively inward or outward when you bend down.
    • Don’t reach down to pull up blankets when lying in bed.
    • Don’t bend at the waist beyond 90 degrees.

The Dos

    • Do keep the leg facing forward.
    • Do keep the affected leg in front as you sit or stand.
    • Do use a high kitchen or barstool in the kitchen.
    • Do kneel on the knee on the operated leg (the bad side).
    • Do use ice to reduce pain and swelling, but remember that ice will diminish sensation. Don’t apply ice directly to the skin; use an ice pack or wrap it in a damp towel.
    • Do apply heat before exercising to assist with range of motion. Use a heating pad or hot, damp towel for 15 to 20 minutes.
    • Do cut back on your exercises if your muscles begin to ache, but don’t stop doing them!

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