After Your Hip Replacement
Once you are home. It is very important that you follow your
surgeon's instructions. The following suggestions should be
discussed with your surgeon before your hospital discharge:
- If you will be using a walker or crutches to assist
with walking, ask your doctor how much weight you may
put on your operated joint.
- Remember that you will probably tire more easily
than usual. You may want to plan a rest period of 30 to
60 minutes mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
- It is safer and easier to get in and out of chairs
using both arms and you should avoid low or overstuffed
furniture. To increase your comfort, use a cushion or
pillow to raise your body while seated.
- An elevated toilet seat may reduce stress to your
hips and knees as you sit and stand.
- A shelf placed in the shower at chest height may
reduce having to bend to retrieve items.
- A bathtub seat (bench) allows you to sit while
bathing for increased safety and comfort.
- A long-handled bath sponge may be used to reach
lower legs. Women can also purchase razor extenders to
shave their legs.
- Avoid sweeping, mopping, and running the vacuum
cleaner. Use long-handled feather dusters for dusting
high and low items. Your doctor will tell you when it is
okay to sweep, mop, and vacuum.
- You may ride in a car, but you must follow your
doctor's instructions for how to get in and out of the
vehicle. You can raise the height of the car seat with
pillows to protect your hips and knees as well.
- Your doctor will talk with you about when you can
drive, typically within four to six weeks after surgery.
If you have a car with manual transmission, talk with
your doctor about driving limitations. Make sure you can
brake the car without discomfort before you attempt to
drive in traffic.
- Constipation is a common problem for patients
following surgery. This is usually due to your limited
activity and any pain medications you may be taking.
Discuss your diet with your doctor. It should include
fresh fruits and vegetables as well as eight full
glasses of liquid each day, unless you doctor tells you
- Your doctor will probably give you a prescription
for pain medication. Please follow your doctor's
instructions concerning these medications.
- Some swelling around the incision is normal. You
will find it more comfortable to wear loose clothing to
avoid pressure on the incision. Ask you doctor or other
qualified health professional about appropriate wound
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