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Essential Care Guidelines for Post-Hip Replacement Surgery

16 May 2023

Hip Replacement | Dr. Pradeep Kriplani
Essential Care Guidelines for Post-Hip Replacement Surgery

If you've recently undergone hip replacement surgery, you're likely eager to resume your normal activities as soon as possible. However, it's important to remember that a successful recovery requires proper care and attention to the affected area. Your hip replacement surgeon and the doctor will provide specific instructions for post-hip replacement surgery care. Still, it's essential to understand what to expect during total hip replacement recovery. Following these guidelines & taking the necessary precautions can ensure a smooth & successful recovery from your hip replacement surgery.

Due care after hip replacement surgery is required to protect their new hips. Below are tips and safeguards to help increase comfort & decrease the risk of dislocation and other injuries.

Manage the Hip Pain

Patients with hip replacements must receive appropriate pain relief. Participating in rehabilitation exercises might be difficult if uncontrolled discomfort results in chronic pain.

Some people refuse to take painkillers out of concern about possible adverse effects or aversion to addiction. These patients can discuss their concerns with their doctors, who can address them and create a pain management strategy that reduces risks and adverse effects.

Plan Ahead

In the initial weeks after hip replacement surgery, many patients feel exhausted and are more likely to fall. Planning can help people maximize their time for rest and lower their risk of falling. For instance:

Reduce the number of journeys in and out of a car or up and down stairs by planning your day accordingly. Place necessary goods like the phone, TV remote, and Kleenex in places where they are simple to reach. To ensure they always have their light essentials, some folks attach little bags or baskets to the front of their walkers.

Body Mechanics:

Good body mechanics must be followed to avoid dislocation and other issues after hip replacement surgery. Avoid bending your hips past 90 degrees, and never sit, stand, or lie down with your legs or ankles crossed, as advised by the hip replacement doctor. Use assistance to prevent excessive bending while getting dressed, and dress while seated on a stable chair or the side of the bed.

Proper Sitting Posture:

Maintain proper posture and refrain from spending more than 30 to 40 minutes in one position. Keep your feet & knees pointed straight ahead while sitting in a firm chair with a straight back and armrest. Also, stay away from low-back chairs. Slide towards the edge of the chair as you rise, then lean on the arms, your walker, or your crutches for support.

Follow Mobility Instructions:

Following the mobility guidelines is essential to ensuring healthy recovery and avoiding falls following hip replacement surgery. Until they give you the all-clear, follow your doctor's advice and use crutches or a walker. Use the handrails when using stairs, and take short steps when turning. Avoid walking on damp or uneven ground, and wear shoes with non-skid bottoms.

Avoid High-Impact Activities:

It's imperative to avoid high-impact activities straining your new hip joint after hip replacement surgery. You should avoid running, jumping, and other high-impact sports activities. You must concentrate on low-impact workouts, such as walking, swimming, and cycling, to increase your strength and mobility,

Preventive Measures to Avoid Falls:

Falls can harm your hip replacement recovery and delay your rehabilitation. Ensure no tripping hazards in your home, such as loose carpets or electrical lines, to avoid falls. Install handrails in the restroom and on the stairs for assistance, and think about using a walker or cane to help you stay balanced.

Follow your Physical Therapy Plan:

Recovery from hip replacement surgery requires physical therapy. Your physical therapist gives you exercises to help your hip joint restore its strength and mobility. It's critical to adhere to your physical therapy plan diligently, show up for your visits, and discuss any concerns or problems with your therapist. By doing this, you can promote a speedy recovery and return as soon as possible to your regular activities.

Closing Thoughts

Taking care of yourself after hip replacement surgery is vital for a successful recovery. Take your medications as prescribed, follow the doctor's instructions, and avoid activities that stress your new hip. Remember to exercise regularly, maintain a healthy diet, & attend all follow-up appointments with your hip replacement surgeon.

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How long does a hip replacement last?

The lifespan of a modern artificial hip joint is at least 20years. Most people have a notable decrease in pain and an improvement in their range of motion.

How long does hip replacement surgery take?

The surgical procedure is completed within two to three  hours. The surgeon: Cuts through the layers of tissue over the hip to execute a hip replacement. Removes diseased, damaged, and cartilage-containing bone, leaving healthy bone unharmed.

How long after hip replacement can I tie my shoes?

Before being able to tie shoes, bend over and pick up objects, cross one's legs, sleep on one's side, or even drive, one must wait up to 6 to 8 weeks for the tissues to recover.

How long it needs to recover from a hip replacement?

Everyone recovers differently, although it frequently can resume mild hobbies or office work within six weeks. If your task requires heavy lifting, it can take a few extra weeks. Avoid intense sports or activities like skiing or riding where there is a chance of falling.


Dr. Pradeep Kriplani

Dr. Pradeep Kriplani

Sr. Orthopedic Surgeon
MBBS, Ms (Ortho), Training in Sports Medicine

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