What to do before & after hip surgery

Hip surgery, whether minor, total, or revision replacement, like any surgery, has to be taken seriously. Here are a few tips on how to care for your body before and after surgery.

Before

Your doctor will provide you with the timeline for your medical preparations for surgery. These will include certain medications you should begin or avoid, as well as if and when to provide a blood donation. There are several things to do on your own at home to prepare for this major surgery. First of all, you will need a lot of help.

Make a schedule with your friends and family, so that everyone knows when it is their turn and so that you know you will always have someone around. Secondly, pre-surgery is the best time to make adjustments to your home to allow your ease of recovery. You will need to invest in a raised toilet seat, a shower seat, a detachable shower hose, and a reaching device to pick up objects without having to bend. You also will not be able to manage stairs so sleeping arrangements will need to be made on the ground floor.

After

One risk following hip surgery is the development of blood clots. You will need to begin making small movements soon after surgery according to your physician’s instructions. Wearing compression stockings and taking blood-thinning medication may also be necessary. Over the course of recovery, your physical therapist will give you exercises to do according to your abilities and needs.

Take these seriously and perform them for the duration and frequency prescribed. However, don’t get too ambitious! Even if you are feeling good, make sure that you take things slowly so as not to injure your hips or other parts of your body. Rely on those around you, even if it makes you feel like an invalid. This will enable you to resume your normal activities much more quickly.

 

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