Precautions After Surgery

  • Don’t bend your operated hip beyond 80 degrees.
  • Don’t raise your knee higher than your hip.
  • Don’t sit on sofas or low chairs. Put cushions down first.
  • Use an elevated toilet seat.
  • Don’t lean forward while sitting. Get assistance for lower extremity dressing or use your dressing aids.
  • When you sit down, back up until you feel the bed or chair against your legs. Reach back for the bed or armrests of the chair and slide your operated leg straight out in front of you. Don’t lean forward as you sit! When you stand up, push up from the bed/chair keeping your operated leg straight out in front of you. Raise yourself without leaning forward. It is in standing up from sitting that you have to concentrate the most on not bending your hip more than 80 degrees.
  • Don’t allow your legs to slouch or cross.
  • Keep a pillow or abduction wedge between your legs when you lie down.
  • Keep your legs 3 to 6 inches apart while sitting or use your wedge or pillow.
  • Put a pillow between your legs when you lie on your side.
  • Do not sleep on your side until Dr. Hirshorn tells you it is OK.
Kurt Hirshorn MD of St Pete Hip and Knee guarantees expertise and compassion when caring for his patients, and ensures a good hospital stay. Schedule an appointment today or call us at (727) 755-0313.

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