hip replacement surgery by an orthopaedic surgeon, you are probably hoping to go back to your
normal routine, but without the pain that you had before. While this is
the goal, it’s important to take the right precautions for the first
few months after surgery to ensure that the hip replacement is a success
and that you achieve the maximum benefits from the procedure.
Avoid Sitting in Ways That Can Damage Your New Hip
When sitting it’s essential that you do not cross your legs or bring
your feet all the way together. Instead, sit with your knees and feet
pointing straight ahead and with your feet spaced about six inches apart.
Avoid sitting in the same position for more than thirty minutes at a time,
and select chairs that are firm and supportive and have armrests and a
straight back. Similarly, avoid sitting in chairs that are too low; your
hips should remain higher than your knees.
It’s important that you do not drive a vehicle until your doctor
gives you the okay. When riding in cars, be sure to enter the vehicle
from street level and not from a doorstep or curb. Car seats are often
low, so use pillows or cushions to boost the height of the seat so that
your hips remain higher than your knees.
Avoid Endangering Your New Hip When Bathing
When you shower and bathe, it’s vital that you use a rubber mat on
the tub or shower floor to prevent slipping, and avoid sitting down inside
a tub because it will be difficult to get back up. While in the shower,
do not bend or reach for anything, and instead have someone hand them
to you to prevent a fall.
If you are looking for an orthopaedic doctor or sports medicine specialist
in Joliet, MK Orthopaedics provides minimally invasive hip replacement
surgery as well as hip arthroscopy and reconstruction. You can reach us
at (815) 741-6900 to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation.
MK Orthopaedics has offices in Joliet, Bolingbrook, Mokena, Plainfield, and Channahon.