After Hip Replacement
The goal of hip replacement is to improve pain and return to your normal activities. You can help the recovery and improve the outcome of the procedure by following recommendations and changing the way you carry out your daily activities.
After the surgery, you may experience pain and swelling, which can be controlled by modifiying your activity and using medications appropriately as prescribed. You will be discharged when you have sufficient pain control and can perform basic activities on your own, such as getting in and out of bed, going to the bathroom and walking with an assistive device such as crutches or walker.
When arriving home, have your joint partner assist you with your activities for a few days. Taking care of someone following hip replacement surgery requires compassion, awareness and patience. Basic points to follow by your caregiver:
Helping with basic movement and functions as well as provide emotional support.
Having a clear understanding of medication and ensure they are administered in a timely manner.
Assisting with household chores, paperwork and travel to keep your appointments.
Keeping emergency numbers ready.
Helping and motivating you to perform your rehabilitation exercises
Ensuring that furniture is rearranged so as not to interfere with movement and cause falls.
Certain instructions that Dr. Fischer will brief you about are:
- A shower chair or gripping bar may be helpful in the bathroom.
- Sleep in a position that is comfortable for you. You may benefit from sleeping with extra pillows to support your body.
- Swelling may be present for 3 to 6 months following hip replacement and can be controlled with ice and elevating your legs above your heart.
- Follow your rehabilitation program as directed. Walking, stationary bicycling and swimming are good exercises. Be sure your wound is healed before submerging in water.
You can usually return to driving once you have adequate pain control, strength and reflexes have returned, and require no narcotic pain medications. Dr. Fischer’s Team will advise you regarding other activities, work, and sexual activity depending on your condition and progress with therapy.