Some Dos and Don’t’s Following a Hip Replacement SurgerySEMGeeks
If you recently had hip replacement surgery, there are some simple do’s and don’ts you’ll want to follow. Being an active participant in your recovery will help you heal faster, as well as ensure a more successful outcome. Eventually, you’ll be able to return to the life you knew before you started experiencing chronic hip pain, but you may have to change the way you do things.
Below we go into more detail regarding the dos and don’ts you should follow after having a hip replacement.
Do’s Following Hip Replacement Surgery
From the moment you wake up from the procedure, you’ll want to play an active role in your recovery. Doing the right things from the start will help the healing process.
- DO read all instructions. Your hip replacement surgery may be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Be sure to read all of the instructions so that you know what to expect when you return home.
- DO prepare your home. Make your home as safe as possible. Rearrange furniture so you can walk with a cane or walker. Place items you frequently use within easy reach. Remove any throw rugs or tripping hazards, and get a good chair with a higher-than-average seat.
- DO care for the wound. Keep the wound clean and dry. Most dressings are waterproof and will be removed in 7 to 10 days.
- DO eat healthily. Your body needs vitamins and nutrients to heal. You can eat a normal diet, but make sure you’re getting plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products.
- Do keep active. You will be working with a physical therapist to regain mobility. While it’s important to rest and recover, it’s equally important to get up and move around throughout the day.
Don’ts Following Hip Replacement Surgery
- DON’T skip your medication. Even if you’re not in much pain, take all medications as directed. This also includes vitamins, supplements, blood thinners and stool softeners.
- DON’T ignore certain signs. Surgeries do carry risks. Know the signs of a potential blood clot or infection. Notify your doctor if the wound appears red or begins to drain, or if there’s new or severe swelling.
- DON’T smoke or drink alcohol. Avoid smoking and drinking while you’re recovering. Both make it harder for your body to heal, and both reduce your immunity.
- DON’T cross the legs at the knees. For about 2 months after surgery, avoid crossing your legs at the knees. Also, make sure the knee is below the level of the hip when seated.
On average, it takes about 2 to 4 weeks to heal from hip replacement surgery. During this time, it’s important to rest, eat healthily and attend all physical therapy sessions. Your physical therapist will let you know what you can and can’t do physically.
Jersey Rehab can provide you with the support you need to get back on your feet. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our pain management specialists.