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Hip precautions: Frequently Asked Questions

What are hip precautions?

Also See Hip Precaution Articles Do not cross your legs at the knees Do not twist your body at the waist Do not turn operative foot inward Do not flex your hip greater than 90° Do not bend at the waist Minimize lifting to no more than 20 pounds in the first three months and 40 pounds thereafter Keep pillows between legs when sleeping Sit only 30-45 minutes at a time May ride in a car, stopping every 30 minutes to get out and stretch for 5 - 10 minutes May sleep on operative side two weeks after surgery with a pillow bet... ...

What are hip and knee precautions?

Prior to the surgery and while rehabilitating after the surgery, you will be told of hip or knee precautions. These precautions are designed to help you get over the surgery safely without any complications occurring. The main complication shortly after a hip operation is dislocation and many of the precautions are a concern with this risk. Hip replacements can be done through different incisions and be of different types. ...

How long are “hip precautions” in effect?

Typically, three months but you should also be cautious with your new hip for your lifetime.

How long must I maintain hip precautions?

Complete hip precautions are normally maintained for ten weeks following surgery. After that, an abbreviated set of precautions may be observed.

What precautions need to be followed after hip replacement surgery?

Because it is your muscles that keep your hip in place, you will need to be very careful for the six weeks following surgery, to prevent your hip from dislocating. You will need to keep a pillow between your legs when you sleep to prevent your legs from crossing. You will also not be able to cross your legs (while sitting or laying). Another important precaution is to remember not to bend at the waist past 90 degrees or lift your legs up past 90 degrees. ...

Do I have to observe hip precautions?

Our general policy is that hip precautions are not required. You should avoid things that are uncomfortable, but you are allowed to sit on regular chairs, use regular toilet seats, go in a car, and lay or sleep on your side. You do not need to use high chairs, elevated toilet seats or pillows between your legs, but they may be more comfortable for you in the initial period after surgery. There may be exceptions to this that will be explained to you specifically by your surgeon.

What precautions do I need to follow if I had a hip replacement?

The positioning of your hip after your surgery is very important to avoid dislocation. The greatest risk of dislocation is within the first 6 weeks. Avoid excessive flexion (greater than 90 degrees), crossing your legs, or rotating your operative leg inward. You will need an elevated toilet seat to limit your flexion. You will need to use a pillow between your legs to help maintain the proper position and to keep your legs apart. Your therapist will help you to modify your activities to help you follow these restrictions. ...

What are the dislocation precautions for my hip (positions I should avoid)?

You should avoid flexing (bending) at the hip more than 90 degrees. Avoid low chairs and furniture because they require too much bending at the hip in order to get up. If you must reach to the floor when seated, always reach between your legs, not to the outside. Use an elevated toilet seat to avoid excessive bending of the hip. If possible, use a chair with arms. The arms provide leverage to push you up to the standing position. ...

How long do I need to follow hip/ knee precautions?

Most precautions are followed for a period of six weeks although your surgeon may want others to be followed for a period of three months. Doing your shoes up or getting out of the bath are particularly stressful for the hip and these may be activities that your surgeon would suggest not doing for three months.

What are hip precautions and how long do I need to maintain them?

Hip precautions are instructions about which positions the leg should be kept in order to prevent the artificial hip from becoming dislocated. Your surgeon will advise you on how long you need to maintain hip precautions, but it is typically six to eight weeks after surgery. Further instructions will be given during your educational classes.

How long do I need to follow the precautions following hip replacements?

The absolute minimum time is six weeks. However your doctor will provide you with more information at your follow up appointment. It will be based on the results of x–rays, physical therapy, your activity levels and following discussion and examination by your doctor. There are some precautions that will need to be followed for the rest of your life. These include avoiding turning your knee or leg to the extreme whilst sitting, leaning forward when you are seated or picking things up off the floor stiff–legged.
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