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Patient Care Advice After Hip Replacement Surgery

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in blog | 20 comments

When you have had total hip joint replacement in Auckland, you will need to take some care after surgery to allow for proper healing. Every patient is different and the amount of time that it takes to heal will differ for each person.

After total hip replacement surgery, you will be much more active and mobile. There are some things you need to do to help recover.

Total Hip Replacement Surgery in Auckland NZ

You will need 2 days in the hospital when you have hip replacement surgery. After your operation, for the rest of that day you will need to stay in bed with a cushion between your legs, for comfort.You will also need a catheter to help empty your bladder during this time.

Physical Therapy

The day after surgery you will begin to walk on your new hip, under the supervision of the physiotherapist. Crutches, or for older patients a walking frame, are used to assist your balance when walking. By the second day after your operation the vast majority of patients are able to get in and out of bed independently, walk around the ward, get up and down stairs, and manage the toilet and shower without assistance.

Your physiotherapist with instructing you on, and provide you with, a rehabilitation program for you to continue on with after you leave the hospital.

Home Care After Hip Replacement in NZ

For 6 weeks do not bend your hip further than a 90-degree angle, and avoid twisting on your operated leg, this will assist your muscles around your hip to heal correctly.

At home you need to avoid falls – so keep aside your rugs and floor mats, and have your home organized so that everything you need is within easy reach. Mr French is one of the best surgeons for hip replacement in NZ. He recommends sitting in a straight-backed chair rather than using a recliner. Use an elevated toilet seat to minimize bending, this will be provided by your physiotherapist.

While your body is healing take extra care with all physical activities. Avoid boisterous pets. Mr. French will advise you as to when you can return to usual physical activities. Normal exercise, sexual activity and driving a motor vehicle may need to be avoided in the early stages of recovery. Speak to your surgeon about your progress before you embark on usual activities.

Check-ups are recommended after surgery so that we can monitor your hip replacement and how your body has adjusted.

With proper care, a hip replacement will give you much greater mobility, freedom, and quality of life. For more information on hip joint replacement in Auckland, New Zealand, contact us at Ormiston Orthopaedics today.

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