So you’ve had hip replacement surgery, which means you are well on your way to once again leading a comfortable painless life. But there are important steps you still need to take to make sure your new hip doesn’t fail and that the healing process is accelerated and is not put in any jeopardy.
There are several steps you can take in order to better manage the healing process of full hip replacement surgery. One important issue you may encounter is that you shouldn’t cross your legs at all for the first 8 weeks after the surgery was performed. This might be a bit uncomfortable and easy to forget, but it is important that you don’t forget about it. If you cross your legs you might create unnecessary tension in your joints that can affect the implant, which in turn will cause you discomfort. You may even have to have another procedure to correct the looseness or dislocation that may happen, so be careful with this!
Another important tip to remember is not to bend at your waist beyond a right angle. Just like before, this action will also create too much stress in your new joint. This is why the patient should require help in the first couple of months after knee hip replacement, even for casual daily activities. Don’t try to do too much, have others help you out as this is a very sensitive period. Have others pick up your shoes, and even put on your socks. It may be a bit uncomfortable, but these 2 months will eventually pass and you’ll be back to doing everything yourself when you are fully healed.
You should be receiving all of these guidelines after your surgery, with your therapist explaining in depth what you should and shouldn’t be doing for a full recovery. Now obviously, some tailored advice will also be given on a case to case basis, as some things can be different from patient to patient, that is why it is very important you pay complete attention to this advice.
You will be given a list of beneficial exercises that are simple in nature but that will help you heal faster. These should be performed on a weekly basis, but your physician should outline this very clearly based on all the factors.
Right after the surgery, some pain might still be experienced. For relief. use ice but not directly on the skin. Use a towel and wrap ice in it, applying it on the respective area. In turn, before exercising, you should apply a warm towel to your replaced hip area as the heat will increase the predisposition for motion in the hip, and the muscles will be less tense.
As you can see, there are a lot of things to know when it comes to hip replacement. Hopefully some of these tips will help you out and enable you to get back on your feet safely and in a healthy manner.