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Hip Replacement Recovery Tips

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Exercises to Help With Recovery

  • You will get daily supervised physical therapy until you’re strong and steady to move around safely on your own.
  • At home, you’ll need to continue doing your physical therapist's recommended exercises.
  • Staying on top of these exercises will help promote strength and flexibility to your new hip and encourage a quicker recovery.
  • Ankle pumps, rotations, and knee bends help with building strength, reduce the risk of blood clots, and to speed up recovery.

Should I Walk?

  • Following a hip replacement, walking is one of the best ways to boost your recovery.
  • You’ll want to walk regularly and avoid sitting for too long to avoid pain and stiffness.
  • Using a walker is extremely important after hip replacement. Let your physical therapist or surgeon instruct you when you no longer need the use of it.

Should I Take Care of My Wound?

  • Until the surgeon advises differently, you may have to change the dressing on the wound when you’re at home, or you can ask a caregiver to change it for you.

Should I Watch for Signs of Infection?

  • Watching for signs of infection is important to your recovery.
  • Report redness/swelling along the incision line, change in color/odor with drainage, drainage that saturates dressing, and/or fever over 101 degrees.
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