After hip replacement surgery, it’s important to begin moving as soon as possible to build up strength and increase range of motion. But it’s just as important to move properly to promote healing and to prevent blood clots in the veins.
In the first few weeks at home, you should avoid a few common positions and activities to keep your new hip from dislocating from its socket:
- Do not cross your legs while sitting or standing
- Do not allow your knees to come higher than your hips
- Avoid sitting in low sofas and chairs
- Do not put too much weight on the leg with the implant
- Do not bend over more than 90 degrees
Take special precautions when going up and down the stairs. When climbing stairs, always use the railing and lead with your non-surgical leg, one step at a time. When going down stairs, hold onto the railing and lead with your surgical leg, again, one step at a time.
Continue the prescribed exercises during your entire recovery period, and talk to your doctor about developing an exercise program after you fully recover. Low-impact exercises such as walking, biking, swimming and golfing may speed up the recovery process.
Follow your physician's check-up plan and exercise recommendations. Plan to visit with your surgeon every three months after the surgery and once a year thereafter.