After Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful surgical procedures. To ensure its success few precautionary measures need to be taken for the first six to twelve weeks after surgery. This is the time required for the soft tissues around the hip joint to be healed.
- Sleep on your back or on the non-operated side.
- Sit in a high chair that is at the level of your knees or even higher. Do not sit in a low-lying chair.
- Try to keep your knees apart when you bend to reach between your legs.
- Try not to flex your hip more than 90 degrees and don’t lean forward to put on shoes or socks.
- Do not cross your legs.
Your wound usually requires very little care. The wound is usually closed with and absorbable suture and ”glue” is applied on top of it to make it waterproof and to assist healing. The dressing will be changed before discharge and you must keep the wound dry until is healed. This usually takes 2-3 weeks.
You can have hydrotherapy before the wound is fully healed however is extremely important that the wound is fully sealed and there is no contact with the water.
The preferred pain medication after your discharge is Panadol or Panadeine combined with an anti-inflammatory unless there is a contraindication for the latter. If stronger medications are required you will need to see your GP as these may need to be closely monitored and adjusted.
Dr. Razvan Stoita uses the guidelines provided by the Arthroplasty Society of Australia with respect to DVT prophylaxis. Click here to read more about these guidelines. Please ask Dr. Stoita if you have any questions or require clarifications.
The Arthroplasty Society of Australia recommends that you abstain from driving for a period of at least 6 weeks after surgery. You can read more about this here or visit us at out clinic in Sydney where you will find out more information about this subject.
It is best to avoid long flights for at least 12 weeks after your surgery because of the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis. If you must fly before then speak to your GP or to Dr. Stoita prior to flying.
INFECTIONS/TEETH INFECTIONS/DENTAL WORK
Because of your metallic joint implant you must pay particular attention to infections in your body as these may cause an infection in your replaced joint. These infections must be treated immediately. Special attention needs to be given to teeth infections and dental treatment. The Arthroplasty Society of Australia has clear recommendations for patients with hip and knee replacement that require dental treatment. You can find a copy of these here. Please print it and take it to your dentist.