What You Can Never Do After Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacement surgery is very common these days and has a high success rate. However, if you’ve had an operation, you need to think carefully about adjusting your lifestyle and physical movement expectations. After a hip replacement, there are certain things you should avoid doing. Talk to your doctor or physical therapist to see what they advise in your specific circumstances.

Never Break Movement Restrictions

After surgery, a major concern is the risk of dislocation affecting the replacement implant. The replaced hip is less stable than a normal hip joint. It is possible for the ball of the ball-and-socket hip replacement to dislocate.

Positions to avoid include crossing your legs—also when putting on socks and shoes. Your therapist will show you how to safely get dressed, sit down, walk, and perform other routine activities. Get advice on the best sleeping position to avoid crossing your legs.

Image demonstrating pain after hip replacement surgery

Avoid bending forward more than 90 degrees as this puts strain on the hip replacement. Generally speaking, if your knee is below your hip joint, you are in a safe position. Be careful when sitting on low seats, including a toilet seat. Use cushions or other devices to raise the seat so that your knees are lower than your hip.

Don’t Give Up Physical Therapy After A Hip Replacement

Surgery is only half the battle in the fight for pain-free mobility—the other half is physical therapy. A physical therapist will work with you to advise on movements to avoid, and to help get you walking. Physical therapy after your surgery is important for your mental and physical health but it must be done safely.

Fairview Rehab & Nursing Home in Queens, NY, offers both in- and outpatient physical therapy. Our skilled and friendly staff have lots of experience in rehab therapy after hip replacement surgery.

Physical therapy has huge benefits as it strengthens muscles, is good for your circulation, and prevents pressure sores. Don’t think that after surgery you should not engage in any physical activity. As long as you follow your therapist’s advice on movement restrictions while exercising, you should be fine.

Never Forget About Long-Term Care

Your recovery rate will depend on the type of operation you had, as well as your physical health before surgery. Keep an eye on your weight because excess weight increases the stresses on the hip replacement and can cause loosening. Long-term care is designed to slow down wear and tear on the socket or loosening of implants.

If you have persistent pain, see a doctor as this could indicate infection or loosening. Look out for Infections anywhere in your body as they can travel via your bloodstream to the hip replacement.