Closed Reduction for Artificial Hip Dislocation

Care After

Please read the instructions outlined below. Refer to these instructions for the next few weeks. These discharge instructions provide you with general information on caring for yourself after your closed reduction. Your caregiver may also give you specific instructions. If you have any problems or questions after discharge, please call your caregiver.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • You may resume a normal diet and activities as directed or allowed.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Use crutches as instructed. When you are allowed full weight bearing, begin slowly. Reduce the activity if it is causing pain or discomfort.

  • If you have been given a brace, wear it as instructed.

  • Apply ice to the injured hip for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times per day while awake for 2 days. Put the ice in a plastic bag and place a thin towel between the bag of ice and your cast.

  • Do range of motion exercises only as instructed by your caregiver.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have swelling or tenderness of your calf or leg.

  • You develop shortness of breath.

  • You have increasing pain or discomfort in your hip which is not relieved with medicine.

  • You notice increasing swelling around the hip.

  • You have any numbness or tingling in your hip or leg.

  • You are not improving or are getting worse.

  • You have any other questions or concerns.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your hip re-dislocates.

  • You develop a rash.

  • You have difficulty breathing.

  • You develop chest pain.

  • You develop any reaction or side effects to medicines given.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.