Hip Replacement

Hip Joint Replacement or Total Hip Replacement involves surgery to replace all or part of the hip joint with an artificial device to restore your joint movement. Following surgery and when you feel a bit more comfortable, your OT or Physio will get you up and start your rehabilitation. You will be given exercises to help re-strengthen the muscles around your new hip joint and you will also be shown positions to keep your leg in and avoid hip dislocation. Initially, you are likely to start with a rollator walking frame, later progressing to crutches and/or a walking stick. Depending on your healthcare professional’s preferences and your level of capability you will either fully or partially weight bear. Your wound will have a waterproof dressing which will allow you to shower over it. It is important to get moving as soon as you can after Hip Replacement surgery as this will prevent complications such as deep vein thrombosis and chest infections. Try to avoid flexing your hip over 90 degrees. Use High Back Chairs, Toilet Seat Raisers and Shower Chairs to sit on and you should avoid crossing your legs. When you go to bed, avoid lying on the operated side but you may be able to lie on the opposite side provided you have a pillow between your legs.

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