Hip replacement surgery is a serious procedure that may require prolonged post-operative care. After the surgery, the patient must take all possible precautionary measures to prevent dislocation or any damage to the new joint or implant. They must be careful around the clock, no matter whether standing, walking, sitting, or lying down. Any sudden movement or fall can result in dislocation, calling for another hip surgery. The physicians who participate in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line perform joint replacement surgery for the hip, knee, shoulder and ankle. To help patients travel the curve without any misfortunate events, we discuss a few precautionary steps every patient must follow after hip replacement surgery. Read on.
- Don’t cross your legs when sitting as it would cause undue stress on the hip joint.
- Avoid sitting on platforms where your hips are at the same level or lower than your knees. If possible use a pillow on the seat to keep hips higher than your knees.
- Don’t lean forward while sitting or picking up things from the floor.
- Avoid climbing on a surface where your knees would be higher than your hips.
- Don’t stretch your affected leg out to the side or behind.
- Don’t sleep or lie down on the affected side. The ideal sleep position would be lying on your back with a pillow placed between your legs.
- Avoid stairs for a period of time. When climbing stairs keep your unaffected leg first followed by the affected one. However, when going down the stairs use affected leg first and then the unaffected leg.
- Add temporary grab bars and handrails, across the home, especially in bathroom. In addition, use a walker or cane to avoid falling on the floor.
- Avoid sitting in the same position for more than 30-40 minutes.
- Do not stand up directly from a chair, instead slide towards the edge of the chair and use your arms or crutches or walker to lift your body up.
- Avoid lifting heavy weights.
- Avoid driving for at least six to eight weeks after surgery.
Impact on the hip joint after a replacement surgery can cause serious damage. It is important for patients to take all possible precautionary measures until the joint is healed. In addition to taking precautionary measures, patients should always follow their doctors specific directions and regularly attend physical therapy to strengthen hip muscles. If you considering a hip replacement surgery, Texas Health & Spine Orthopedic Center can help. We can connect you with experienced hip replacement surgeons and facilities in Plano and nearby cities. Simply call +1 888-608-4762.
Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic.