Avoid crossing your legs
After surgery, you should not cross your legs even when attempting to put on your socks and shoes. You should also avoid sleeping on your side for a period of time after surgery because this can cause the legs to cross. Even after that, your doctor may want you to sleep with a pillow between your legs to keep your hips level.
Keep from bending forward or lifting your knees too far
It’s very important not to bend your hip more than 90 degrees when you are recovering and possibly beyond based on the advice of your surgeon. Don’t bend to tie your shoes and don’t lift your knee past your hip. This includes sitting at an angle that puts your hip below your knee so beware of deep cushioned seats and getting in and out of vehicles that are very low to the ground. As a rule of thumb, if your knee is below your hip joint, you are in a good position.
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Don’t rotate your feet too far inward or outward
When walking, standing, sitting, and lying down try to keep your toes and foot pointing in the same direction as your hip. The rotation of your thigh affects the position of the head of your joint and you want to limit that twisting motion to prevent complications or dislocation.
Follow your doctor’s orders
Based on your unique condition, your surgeon may give you a list of additional precautions, instructions, and information about exercises and activities to avoid. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s advice and follow up with them if you want to make adjustments to this plan. The speed of your recovery and the ongoing success of your surgery will depend on how well you adhere to these precautions.
Your active lifestyle doesn’t have to end with hip replacement
The fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons at CMC Orthopaedics help many patients through their hip replacements and onto living pain-free, active lifestyles again. If you have questions about hip replacement surgery and the recovery process, let us walk you through it. You could be just months away from enjoying the things you love again.
Fellowship trained in Hip and Knee orthopaedic surgery at Indiana University Health
Dr. Christian J. Eccles completed his undergraduate education at Weber State University in his hometown of Ogden, Utah. He graduated summa cum laude and was able to dissect cadavers and teach other students anatomy in the lab for two years. He went on to earn his medical degree from Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine. Following medical school, he completed a 5-year Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Dr. Eccles specializes in hip and knee replacements, including complex primary and revision joint replacements.