Hip Replacement: Resources to Hasten Healing

 

          xm_export-25338980.jpg.pagespeed.ic.qDpRJwHdE8           Many of you have asked Ask Granny for tips on how to recover well after your hip replacement surgery. Ask Granny has recovered very well after her recent hip operation and knows you’ll be looking forward to greater mobility and less pain. And, if all goes well, you’ll reach that happy state. But first, you need to go through a rehabilitation program which involves some work in the form of walking and exercise. It’s extremely important to take this exercise regimen seriously and do it faithfully. Be an active participant in your healing process. Your doctor will outline the procedures, but here are some of Ask Granny’s  tips and helpful information to support your progress.

First of all, know the warning signs for infection and formation of a dangerous blood clot:

Signs of infection:

Fever over 100 degrees

Shaking chills

Redness, tenderness or swelling at the wound site

Drainage from the wound

Increasing pain

Signs of a blood clot:

Pain in leg or calf unrelated to the wound site

Tenderness, redness, above or below the knee

Severe swelling of the thigh, calf, ankle or foot

Before returning home from the hospital, prepare your home for your rehabilitation time. You might rearrange your furniture to ease movement with a cane, walker or crutches. You might gather necessary daily items such as your phone, computer, etc. in one central location. Be sure to remove fall risks such as throw rugs and use a chair that is firm and not too low. Use a shower chair or hand grip in the bathroom and install a raised toilet seat.

Do your exercises for at least 6 months after returning home. Walking is great, but does not take the place of the exercises. 

Go to Allina Health for eleven hip replacement exercises with instructions and diagrams.

You can find additional information on care after hip surgery at:

www.orthoinfo.aaos.org 

www.bonesmart.org