Hip Replacement Surgery Precautions

Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement is a major surgery and certain precautions should be taken before and after. Let us look at the precautions that you have to take before the surgery so that it happens without any complications.

Precautions Before Hip Replacement Surgery

  • Skin care:  Proper skin care reduces the chance for infections. It you are infected, the surgery may not happen and it can complex the whole affair.

  • Urinary tests: Proper urinary tests should be done before the surgery as the urinary infections can be the most dangerous ones to affect one’s health.

  • Dental checkups: The dental checkups can help you in preventing infections through teeth. The bacterial attack through teeth can be crucial while going for a surgery.

Precautions After Hip Replacement Surgery

  • Blood clot prevention: Follow your physician’s directions to avoid blood clotting.

  • Warning signs: Warning signs like shortness of breath, chest pain, joint pain etc should be noted at the right time and reported.

  • Crossing the legs: Never try to cross your legs for some days after the hip replacement surgery.

  • Bending: Bending hips is not advisable.

  • Use of pillow: Using a pillow between the legs while sleeping can help you recover fast.

Recovery After Hip Replacement Surgery

Your orthopedic surgeon’s instructions regarding home care should be followed thoroughly at least in the first few days after surgery. This is very crucial in the fast recovery of your hip pain.

  • Wound Care: There should be a proper wound care after surgery. It should not get wet until the wound gets dried properly. It takes up to 2 weeks to get it dried properly. There may be lots of stitches and should be kept very clean.

  • Diet: A balanced diet with iron supplement may be necessary for a few weeks after the surgery as the loss of appetite may be a common issue with all.

  • Activity: The physical exercise part is a very important matter of any hip replacement surgery. Your activity program should include:

    • A proper but steady walking program to increase mobility.

    • Resuming routine activities at home.

    • Going up and downstairs at your home.

    • Exercises to strengthen hip joint.

    • Specific exercises for leg movements.

These things can make you recover fast and lead a normal life after the hip replacement surgery too.