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Hip Replacement Do's and Don'ts

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Below is a list of general precautions to follow after your total hip replacement. If additional precautions are warranted, the staff will provide instructions.

DO

  • keep the abductor pillow between your knees when you lie on your back.

  • keep the bed flat when you exercise or get out of bed.

  • turn on your non-operative side with the abductor pillow between your knees.

  • avoid crossing your legs.

  • you can use a grab bar or shower chair for added safety, comfort, support and stability.

  • use your walker for 6 weeks or as directed by your doctor

  • when sitting keep your knees lower than or equal to your hips.

  • sit in a firm chair, using pillows to raise the seat if needed.

  • use a high toilet or raised toilet seat on a standard toilet.

  • notify your dentist/physician that you have a prosthesis prior to any procedure.

    DON'T

  • raise the head of your bed more than half upright (45 degrees).

  • lie on your operated side.

  • cross your legs.

  • roll your legs inward; your feet should be pointed up or outward.

  • sit for more than 30 to 45 minutes at a time.

  • sit on low, soft chairs such as sofas.

  • bend to pick up any objects on the floor.
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