Total Hip Replacement

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 surgery. Your caregiver may also give you more detailed instructions. If you have any problems or questions after discharge, please call your caregiver.


  • It will be normal to be sore for a couple weeks following surgery. See your caregiver if this seems to be getting worse rather than better.

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

  • Use showers for bathing, until seen or as instructed.

  • Change dressings if necessary or as directed.

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

  • Avoid lifting until you are instructed otherwise.

  • Make an appointment to see your caregiver for stitch or staple removal when instructed.

  • You may use ice on your incision for 15 to 20 minutes 3 to 4 times per day for the first two days.

  • Use a raised toilet seat and avoid sitting in low chairs as instructed.

  • Use crutches or a walker as instructed.


  • There is redness, swelling, or increasing pain or tenderness in the wound.

  • There is pus or unusual drainage coming from the wound.

  • There is a foul smell coming from the wound or dressing.

  • The wound breaks open (the edges do not stay together) after sutures or staples have been removed.

  • You have any other questions or concerns.


  • You have a fever.

  • You develop swelling of your calf or leg or there is shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or chest pain.

  • You develop a rash.

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

  • You develop increasing pain in your hip.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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