DO's & DON'Ts

Hip Replacement & Love Songs to Dance By!

Take it easy, but keep healing and dealing!

Hip replacement is major surgery and, for the first few days, you will want to take it easy. However, it is important that you start some activities immediately to offset the effects of the anesthetic, help the healing, and keep blood clots from forming in your leg veins. Your doctor and physical and occupational therapists can give you specific instructions on wound care, pain control, diet, and exercise. They should also indicate how much weight you can put on your affected leg.

DOs!

Do keep the leg facing forward.

Do keep the affected leg in front as you sit or stand.

Do use a high kitchen or barstool in the kitchen.

Do kneel on the knee on the operated leg (the bad side).

Do use ice to reduce pain and swelling, but remember that ice will diminish sensation. Don't apply ice directly to the skin; use an ice pack or wrap it in a damp towel.

DON'Ts!

Don't cross your legs at the knees for at least 8 weeks.

Don't bring your knee up higher than your hip.

Don't lean forward while sitting or as you sit down.

Don't try to pick up something on the floor while you are sitting.

Don't turn your feet excessively inward or outward when you bend down.

Don't reach down to pull up blankets when lying in bed.

Don't bend at the waist beyond 90°.

Don't stand pigeon-toed.

Don't kneel on the knee on the unoperated leg (the good side).

Don't use pain as a guide for what you may or may not do.