Critical Total Hip Replacement Recovery Precautions Opting for total hip surgery can reduce arthritis and hip pain, stiffness of the hip and limited movement. However, if you have opted for hip surgery, you should understand the fact that surgery alone is not sufficient. You need to follow certain post-surgery precautions to enjoy the benefits of the hip surgery. Here are few precautions that you should follow for proper total hip replacement recovery. •
The most important precaution is that you should not bend your waist or hip beyond 90 degrees. More specifically, this means that you should never bend in the forward direction for picking anything from the floor or tying your shoes. Ideally, you should also avoid sitting on low cushioned seats. The second precaution is that you should not cross your legs. As compared to bending forward, this particular precaution is easier to adhere to. However, remember that to maintain this precaution, you need to plan your movements carefully. For instance, some people while sleeping lie on their side, thus allowing the leg to fall on the bed. This forces the hip ball against the operated muscles and enhances the risk of injury and dislocation. Finally, you should not turn your toes inward. While this may seem apparently simple, many patients walk unconsciously by turning the toes inward. Consider the fact that it may take weeks of training to walk ideally- i.e. without putting in a desperate effort for keeping your feet straight.
Apart from these precautions regarding hip movement, you should also pay attention to diet and exercise. If you want to know more in this regard, read on. •
Post-surgery, many people lose the desire to eat. If you are facing any such problem, avoid worrying excessively. With time, the desire to eat will return. In general, opt for a wholesome diet of fresh vegetables and fruits. If your doctor thinks that you are not getting sufficient nutrients from your diet, he may suggest you take vitamin supplements. Apart from eating a healthy diet, drink plenty of water. Remember that fluids play a crucial role in healing wounds and preventing dehydration of the body. If you have been exercising before the surgery and want to resume physical activities post-surgery, consulting your doctor is a great idea. Your doctor should provide you with a list of specific exercises that will help you to maintain your health after the total hip surgery.
Consider the fact that first few weeks can have a major impact on your total hip replacement recovery. Therefore, exercise special caution during this phase. To stay on safe side, discuss with your doctor about your diet, physical activities, and movements. This will reduce chances of infection and allow you to enjoy advantages of the hip surgery. The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only. It is not to be construed as medical care or medical advice and is not a replacement for medical care given by your physicians or trained medical personnel.
Published on Jan 19, 2013
Opting for total hip surgery can reduce arthritis and hip pain, stiffness of the hip and limited movement. However, if you have opted for hi...