The patient who has undergone hip replacement surgery needs a decent time to recover completely and to be able to carry on day-to-day simple physical activities properly. The duration of the recovery can vary from person to person and the damage he/she had on the hip bone. It also varies from the care that a person has taken after the hip replacement process.
There are certain activities that patient will be restricted to do. It goes step by step. In the initial weeks the patient will be allowed to do simple activities like going for a walk and performing simple exercises. As the body healing progresses, he/she can take the physical activities a notch higher. He can start going for long travelling and other different exercises, as suggested by the doctor and the physiotherapist.
The orthopedic surgeon will advise the patient to follow certain dos and don’ts after hip replacement. It will put a patient on the road to fast recovery and allow the replacement to last for longer time.
What are the dos?
- Do low stress activities: The patient can engage in low stress physical activities like going for a walk in morning and evening, climbing small stairs and go for shopping.
- Take regular physical therapies: The patient needs to take the physical therapy treatment regularly as prescribed by the surgeon. It will help in rehabilitating the joint and will reduce the pain and discomfort.
- Do regular exercises: The patient will be advised to perform certain exercises for the hip joint that he/she should do regularly. If there is pain, then he/she should stop doing more exhaustive exercise and consult the surgeon.
- Use stool or high platform: Patient should use an elevated structure (stool) under their feet while sitting, so that the knee comes below the level of hip joint. While working in kitchen, they should stand on high platform.
- Use ice packs to reduce pain: If you feel pain that is causing discomfort, then you can use ice packs and apply on the area to reduce it.
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What are the don’ts?
- Avoid Driving: Patient should avoid driving till the surgeon gives a green signal. It can be distressing if you start driving in the initial week as it can lead to joint stiffness for sitting in one position.
- Don’t bend legs inward: Make sure you don’t sit or stand with pigeon toes or bend legs inward.
- Don’t twist legs: Patient should not twist legs or bend hips more than 90 degree, at least for the initial 7-8 weeks.
- Don’t jump or lift heavy objects: Don’t jump or make any reflexive move that gives pressure on the hip joint.
- Don’t lean forward while sitting: Patient should not lean forward while sitting.
- Don’t kneel down on the non-affected leg: You should not kneel down on your non-affected leg as it is the good side and you should not let it get affected.
Apart from these dos and don’ts, your physician will suggest you certain other things. It is suggested that you note down those points and prepare a proper chart to follow.