For at least three months after surgery, the following precautions must be
followed to prevent the dislocation of the new hip.
Do not bend the affected hip beyond 90 degrees:
|Do not squat.|
|Do not bend too far forward while standing.|
|Do not lean too far forward while sitting.|
|Keep your hips higher than your knees while sitting.|
|Do not sit on low chairs, couches, or toilets.|
|Use a pillow on a low seat to raise your hips above your knees.|
|Use a raised toilet seat.|
|Do not raise your knees higher than your hip while climbing stairs.|
Do not let the leg on the affected side cross your body's centerline.
|Do not cross your legs.|
|When lying on your non-operated side, place a pillow between your legs|
|When sitting, keep your knees about six inches apart.|
Do not let the foot on the affected side turn inward.
|Keep your feet straight, not pigeon-toed, while lying, standing, or
Minimize stress on the new hip
|No jumping, running, or high impact exercise/sports.|
|Avoid prolonged walking, standing, or stair climbing for the first month.|
|Avoid activities with a high risk of falling.|
|Avoid lifting more than 20 to 40 pounds.|
|Monitor your weight; avoid gaining weight.|
|Avoid activities that involve bending or twisting the hip joint too far.|
Avoid infection in the hip.
|Take an antibiotic before any dental work, surgery, or invasive medical
|Call your PCP if you think you have an infection (sinus, urinary tract,
respiratory, cellulitis of the skin).|
It is OK to have an MRI if another medical condition warrants it. But airport
security machines may be set off by your hip.
These precautions were taken from a document handed to me by Dr. Tomford