Total Hip Replacement

Care After

ExitCare ImageThese instructions give you information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your doctor also may give you specific instructions. Call your doctor if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE

  • Take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Take quick showers (3–5 min). Avoid baths until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Avoid heavy lifting until your doctor says it is okay.

  • Use a raised toilet seat. Avoid sitting in low chairs.

  • Limit your activity as told by your doctor.

  • Use crutches or a walker as told by your doctor.

  • Limit leg motion as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have a rash.

  • You have shortness of breath or chest pain.

  • Your wound is red, puffy, or is getting more painful.

  • You have yellowish-white fluid (p us) coming from your wound.

  • Your wound will not stop bleeding.

  • Your wound opens up after sutures (stitches) or staples are removed.

  • You have pain or puffiness (swelling) in your calf or thigh.

  • Your hip is not moving normally and you have a sudden increase in pain.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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