Living with hip replacement surgery

HJ endoprosthetics is a complex orthopedic operation, followed by a long recovery. In order for rehabilitation to be successful, in the postoperative period, the patient needs to carefully monitor himself and limit himself in some things. This is the only way he will be able to avoid dangerous complications such as suppuration of a postoperative wound, dislocations of the endoprosthesis, periprosthetic fractures, etc.

What can not be done with a seam

Before the stitches are removed from the postoperative wound, it should not be wetted and washed with running water. Therefore, in the first 10-14 days after surgery, it is not recommended to take a long shower and bath. And you should wash so that the water does not get on the bandage. If it gets wet, it needs to be changed immediately. Remember that a wet bandage can become a source of infection and cause suppuration of the wound.

You can start bathing in the shower only two or three days after the stitches are removed. And take a bath – after a few more weeks. Before proceeding to water procedures, you should check with your doctor whether it is possible to do this.

Note that the postoperative scar should not be rubbed with a washcloth until it completely heals. After all, the skin here is very thin and sensitive, and it is undesirable to injure it.

Forbidden sleeping positions

For the first 8-10 days after surgery, it is allowed to sleep exclusively on your back.

At this time it is strictly forbidden:

  • bring your legs together or cross them;
  • lie down on your stomach and operated side;
  • bend the legs in the hip joints by more than 90 degrees;
  • turn the feet (inwards or outwards) more than 30 degrees.

In order to prevent excessive information and twisting of the legs, in the postoperative period you need to sleep with a special roller. It should be placed between the knees. The roller will hold the lower limbs in the desired position, which will avoid displacement of the endoprosthesis components.

Turning on the stomach and the operated side is usually allowed 3-4 weeks after surgery. At the same time, the patient is allowed to sleep in these poses. However, he must keep a roller between his legs.

Precautions when sitting and walking

When sitting on a bed or chair, it is necessary to remember the main thing: the sick leg should not bend at the hip joint by more than 90 degrees. Otherwise, there is a high risk of dislocation of the endoprosthesis.

Therefore, for 8-12 weeks after endoprosthetics, experts recommend sitting on high bar-type chairs. If there is no such furniture at home, then you can use ordinary stools. However, before that, high solid pillows should be placed on them. It is extremely important that while sitting, the pelvis is at least 10 centimeters above the level of the knees.

At the same time, the patient is forbidden to sit on the:

  • soft sofas;
  • low chairs;
  • chairs;
  • “sinking” mattresses.

As for the toilet, you need to attach a special elevation to its seat. It will be possible to sit on it only after that.

Prohibited movements

In the postoperative period, it is strictly forbidden to run, jump, move abruptly, stumble, slip and make any movements that may provoke hip dislocation.


  • kneel down;
  • cross your legs;
  • throwing one leg over the other;
  • “fall apart” on the couch or in an armchair;
  • climb on chairs or other pieces of furniture;
  • squat or squat;
  • bend over (to get dressed or pick up something from the floor, you should use special forceps or other devices).

After endoprosthetics, in no case should you stumble and fall. Therefore, you need to walk slowly and carefully (the first 4-12 weeks – with crutches). Especially great care is required in the bathroom and outdoors in winter, where it is easiest to slip.

Precautions for bathing and swimming

In order not to slip in the bathroom, rubber mats should be placed on its floor. They should also be sent to the bottom of the bath. And in order for the operated person to easily climb into it, special steps need to be installed nearby. They, as well as handrails, an armchair and other bathroom accessories, can be found in specialty stores or online stores.

Returning to the usual activities

Over the course of the rehabilitation period, the patient gradually returns to his usual lifestyle. After one and a half to two months, he is allowed to resume sexual activity, and after two to three months – to engage in some sports. In particular, walking, swimming in the pool, cycling, quiet skiing, some dancing, etc.

Let’s summarize the results:

  1. Until the stitches are removed, the postoperative wound cannot be washed with running water. At the same time, you need to make sure that the bandage remains clean and does not get wet during washing.
  2. It is necessary to sleep on your back after the operation, without reducing or crossing your legs. You can turn on your stomach and operated side no earlier than in 3-4 weeks. At the same time, a special roller should be placed between the legs.
  3. It is necessary to sit on high chairs after endoprosthetics. The pelvis must be at least 10 cm above the level of the knees. It is strictly forbidden to sit on soft sofas and low armchairs.
  4. In the postoperative period, you can not squat, kneel, cross your legs, cross your legs, bend over. It is also forbidden to make sudden movements, stumble and fall.
  5. With water procedures, you need to be extremely careful, because it is especially easy to slip and fall in the bathroom, shower and pool. Therefore, the bathroom and toilet should be equipped in a special way so that the patient can freely use them.
  6. After some time after the endoprosthetics, the operated person will be able to return to some sports, sexual activity and other activities.
Living with hip replacement surgery

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