Congratulations on successfully completing your hip surgery! We are excited for you to learn how to live to your fullest again with your new breakthrough.

The goal is for you to return to your normal lifestyle as safely and independently as possible.

The following information will complement the discussion, demonstration and practice in each of these areas you will work on during your occupational therapy sessions.

As ordered by your doctor, you will participate in physical and occupational therapy while in the hospital.

Precautions

After Anterior Approach

Now that you had your hip surgery, there are no precautions to follow to prevent dislocation of your hip. The best exercise to do is to walk!

After Posterior Approach

After hip replacement surgery, there are certain precautions you will need to follow during your daily activities to prevent dislocation of your hip. This section will provide information regarding precautions, techniques and recommended adaptive equipment in conjunction with discussion, demonstration and practice of each of these areas. The goal is for you to return to your normal lifestyle as safely and independently as possible.

There are three basic precautions to follow during your recovery period:

  1. Do not bend forward more than 90 degrees at your hip (this is the angle between your thigh and your trunk). Do not lift your knee higher than your hip on your affected side.
  2. Do not turn the affected leg inward.
  3. Do not cross your legs.

General Height Guidelines:

  • Standard chair height is 18 inches
  • Standard bed height is 21 to 23 inches
  • Standard car seat height is 18 to 22 inches
  • Standard toilet seat height is 15.5 inches; after hip surgery you will need to use an elevated toilet seat as the standard height may be too low

Adjustments may need to be made for your height.