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Patient’s Guide ToTotal Hip Replacement Surgery

Table of ContentsWhat Is A Total Hip Replacement 1Progress Guidelines for Total Hip Replacement 2Other Exercises for Your Hip 4Precaution Guideline for Total Hip Replacement 5Discharge Instructions 11Car Transfer 14Home Recovery and Exercise 16Bathing/Showering 16Dressing 18Home Exercise Program 19Advanced Home Exercise Program 23Sexual Concerns Following Total Hip Replacement 26Setting New Goals 29

What Is Total Hip Replacement?To understand a total hip replacement, you must first understand the structure of the hip joint.The hip joint is a ball-and-socket structure. The ball component is attached to the top of thefemur (the long bone of the thigh). The socket is part of the pelvis. The ball rotates in theto permit you to move your leg forward, backward, away from your body, across your body,and in partial rotation.In a healthy hip, smoothcartilage covers the ends ofthe thighbone and pelvis.This allows the ball to guideeasily in any direction insidethe socket.NOTE: We have used arthritichip for this explanation of totalhip replacement. There canbe other reasons for the replacement, but, in general, thehip replacement method willbe similar.In a hip requiring total hipreplacement surgery, theworn cartilage no longerserves as a cushion. As thedamaged bones rub together,they become rough, with asurface like sandpaper. Thisresults in pain with almostany movement, and steadilydecreases mobility.S1In a total hip replacement,the ball replaced the head ofthe thighbone. The stemcomponent of the ball, whichis made from a super alloymaterial, is inserted into thethigh bone for stability. Acup made out of durable plastic replaces the worn socketin the hip. The prosthesis isheld in place either by newbone growing around it or bycement-like material.

Progress Guidelines for Total Hip ReplacementDay of SurgeryDay 1 after SurgeryPerform coughing and deep breathingexercises and use incentive spirometerseveral times each hour.Perform coughing and deep breathingexercises and use incentive spirometerseveral times each hour.Do ankle pumps and other leg and buttockexercises described in the booklet.Do ankle pumps and other leg and buttockexercises described in the booklet.Request pain medication as needed.Request pain medication as needed. Oralpain medications to begin.Oxygen and an IV may be in place.Oxygen and an IV may be discontinuedlater in the day.Intermittent Compression Device andelastic stockings will be on your legs.Intermittent Compression Device andelastic stockings will be on your legs.Ice bags to your operation site.Ice bags to your operation site.Your diet will be increased as tolerated.Turn in bed with the assistance of the staff.Keep a pillow between your legs when turning in bed.Turn in bed with the assistance of the staff.Keep a pillow between your legs when turning in bed.Out of bed to chair with assistance for allmeals and brief periods of time betweenmeals.Out of bed to chair with assistance.Out of bed, walking to the bathroom withstaff assistance.You may be seen by the Physical Therapistfor evaluation and initiation of your exerciseprogram.Dressing change by Doctor, physicianassistant or nurse.Blood sample taken for lab test.Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapyevaluations and initiation of your exerciseprogram. You will be seen twice a day by thePhysical therapist.Do you have any questions regarding assistance in care after leaving the hospital?Your case manager will discuss yourdischarge plan with you.S2

Progress Guidelines for Total Hip Replacement (continued)Day 2 after SurgeryPerform coughing and deep breathing exercises and use incentive spirometer severaltimes each hour.Do ankle pumps and other leg and buttockexercises described in the booklet.Request pain medication as needed. Oralpain medications to be given.Intermittent Compression Deviceand elastic stockings will be on yourlegs.Ice bags to your operation site.Out of bed to chair with assistance forall meals and progress with all activitiestowards independence.Keep a pillow between your legs whenturning in bed.Day 3 after SurgeryPerform coughing and deep breathing exercises and use incentive spirometer severaltimes each hour.Do ankle pumps and other leg and buttockexercises described in the booklet.Request pain medication as needed. Oralpain medications to be given.Intermittent Compression Deviceand elastic stockings will be on yourlegs.Ice bags to your operation site.Out of bed to chair with assistance forall meals and progress with all activitiestowards independence.Keep a pillow between your legs whenturning in bed.Out of bed, walking to the bathroom withstaff assistanceOut of bed, walking to the bathroom withstaff assistanceBlood sample taken for lab test.Blood sample taken for lab test.Physical Therapy visit and exerciseprogram twice a day. If you are being discharged therapy will be in the AM only.Physical Therapy visit and exercise programtwice a dayOccupational Therapy activities program.Occupational Therapy activities program.Complete your arrangements for goinghome, confirm your discharge and homecare plan with your case manager.Is your home prepared for you?Discharge time is 11 a.m.Continue planning your home careprogram with your case manager.S3

Other Exercises for Your HipYour Exercise ProgramStair ClimbingThe therapist will instruct you in an exerciseprogram designed to increase the motion andstrength of your knee.Your therapist will assist you in sitting up at theedge of the bed (we call this dangling).You will then stand with the use of a walker andthe continued help of your therapist.The amount of weight you can place throughyour operated leg will depend on yoursurgery.Your therapist will inform you of your weightbearing status.You will practice stair climbing several timesprior to discharge.Remember, you make the difference. It isimportant that you understand that yourmotivation and your participation in yourphysical therapy program are the key in thespeed and success of your rehabilitation. Toe-touch weight bearing 20% of normalwalking Partial weight bearing 30–50% of normalwalking Weight bearing as tolerated allowed tobear full weight (normal walking)S4

Precaution Guidelines for Total Hip ReplacementBelow are precautions YOU MUSTFOLLOW after the operation.ate places at home. When you sit on yourbed at home your thigh must be level orslant down (see “sitting” on followingpages). To raise your bed height, you canadd a mattress.Note: Your body must have time to heal aroundyour new hip to provide proper support andcontrol of your leg movement. If you moveyour leg(s) beyond the limits of motion described in these guidelines, your new hip jointhas the possibility of dislocating. Your surgeonwill tell you when and if you can move beyondthese limitations. When entering and traveling by car: Do not bend your hip more than 90degrees (an “L” shape) by lifting your kneeabove your hip joint, by bending over at thewaist, or by squatting down. In otherwords, your hip joint must be 90 degrees (aright angle) or less at all times.Sit in the front passenger seat.Make sure that the car seat is all the wayback and semi-reclined before entering.Enter from the street level, rather thanthe curb in order to avoid bending yourhip too far. (Over the 90 , “L” shape). Do not cross your legs or ankles whenlaying sitting or standing. Do not allow your knees to come together when sitting or lying in bed. Keepyour knees well apart at all times. Whenlaying on your unaffected side, keep twopillows, or a cushion (you received in thehospital) between your legs. Do not turn your toes and knees in orout. You therapist will inform you whichmotions to avoid. Do not take a tub bath yet. Your surgeonwill let you know when you may starttaking baths. In addition, you may be told not to bendyour thigh behind your pelvis. Your therapist will tell you if this applies to you. Check with your surgeon as to when youcan shower. Do not resume driving until you haveyour surgeon’s permission. Do not raise your operated leg up withyour knee straight. Avoid sitting in low, soft chairs, such assofas, easy chairs etc. You must sit on afirm chair (preferably with arms) using firmpillows to raise the height of the seat. Plannow to have proper chair(s) in the appropri-S5

Precaution Guidelines (continued) Please follow these precautions to prevent dislocation of your hip. Remember: your body must havethe time to heal from the surgery and to strengthen the tissues and muscles supporting the new joint.Your new hip must have time to develop its own healthy range of motion.Do not cross yourlegs when lying,sitting or standing.Do not roll legs in or out.Your feet should be pointedup towards the ceiling or outward(Your therapist will inform you whichposition to avoid.)Do not raise youroperated leg up whenyour knee is straightwhen you are lyingin bed.S6

Precaution Guidelines (continued) On this and the following pages is a general list of precautionsthat you should follow after your total hip replacement:Bed Positioning Kneecaps and toes pointed towards the ceiling. Use the abduction pillow when you are sleeping. When exercising or getting out of bed, the bed should be flat.When lying on your back, keep the abduction pillow between your knees.When lying on your unoperated side, place two pillows or theAbduction pillow between your legs.S7

Precaution Guidelines (continued) Chair Positioning Height of your knee must be no higher than your hips. After your surgery,you will be sitting in a chair with pillows to keep your hip in the proper position.Using the bathroom in the hospital, and later, at home.The above sitting precautions should be maintained when you use the bathroom.Because of this, you should use a high toilet or a raised toilet seat on a standard toilet.At home you may be using a raised toilet seat on your standard toilet. If you have notalready arranged for one, you can purchase one while in the hospital to take with you.The clinical care coordinator will discuss this with you.S8

Precaution Guidelines (continued) When SittingHeight of your kneemust be lowerthan the heightof your hips.Do not lean forwardPast a 90º angleat your waist!Remember: keep the“L” shape at your hip.S9

Precaution Guidelines (continued) When rising from chair DO NOTpull up on your walker or crutchesDO NOT take a step unless yourwalker is flat on the ground.This drawing shows the WRONG WAYof using a walker.Use an arm chair so you can use thearms to push up from the chair.When walking with a walker or crutches, DO NOT TURN by PIVOTING on your operated leg.These drawings show WRONG WAYS of turning.S 10

Discharge Instructions Continue to cough and deep breathe afterusing the incentive spirometer.Wound Care Change your dressing as per your doctor’sinstructions. If you have a lot of drainage you maychange your dressing more frequently. Keep your incision clean and dry. You may use an ice pack for 20 minutes onand 20 minutes off to decrease pain andswelling.Call your doctor if you experience: An increase in pain not controlled bypain medication or change in activity orposition. Temperature greater than 101 F. Redness, increased swelling or foulsmelling drainage from or around theincision. Numbness, tingling or a change in color ortemperature of the operative leg. Call your doctor immediately if youexperience chest pain, shortness ofbreath or calf pain.Activity Weight bearing status as per your doctor’sinstructions. Take short, frequent walks increasing thedistance that you walk each day(as tolerated). Change your position every hour todecrease pain and stiffness. Continue the exercises taught to you byyour physical therapist. No driving until cleared by the doctor. Sponge bath until otherwise instructed byyour doctor. No tub baths, hot tubs, or swimmingpools until otherwise instructed by yourdoctor. Maintain hip precautions, such as:Sit in high, firm, cushioned chairswith armsContinue to use the abductor pillowAvoid crossing your legsRemember to keep your knees apartDo not bend more than 90 at yourhipRemember to continue all of the precautions for total hip replacement. Yoursurgeon will tell you when and if you canmove beyond these limitations. DO NOT cross your legs or ankles whenlying down, sitting or standing. DO NOT bend over at your waist. DO NOT raise your knee higher thanyour hip joint. (Remember “L” shape isyour limit) DO NOT rotate your leg inward or outward based on your therapist’s instructions. Avoid sitting in low, soft chairs such assofas and car seats. You should sit on achair using firm pillows to raise the heightof the seat. Make sure your bed level is high, so thatyou maintain proper leg positioning whensitting on the side, or getting in or out.IIIIIOther Continue to wear your anti-embolic stockings and remove twice a day or at nightunless otherwise instructed.S 11

Discharge Instructions (continued) When traveling by car, sit in the front seat.Make sure the car seat is all the way backand semi-reclined before entering. When lying on your unaffected side, keeptwo pillows or the cushion between yourlegs. Your therapist may instruct you NOT tobend your thigh back beyond your pelvis.Long-Range Protection AgainstInfection: AntibioticsAlthough it is very rare, an artificial joint canbecome infected by the bloodstream carryinginfection from another part of the body. Therefore, it is important that every bacterial infection (pneumonia, urinary tract infection,abscesses, etc.) be treated promptly by yourfamily doctor. Routine colds and,flu, as well ascuts and bruises, do not need to be treated withantibiotics.To prevent infection at any time in thefuture, you should ask your doctor about anantibiotic before having any of the followingprocedures. Skin biopsy Podiatry procedures which involve cuttinginto the skin Cystoscopy Colonoscopy/Endoscopy Dermatologic procedures which involvecutting into the skin Routine dental cleaning or any dentalprocedures, including root canalYou do not need to take antibiotics for thefollowing procedures: Pedicures/Manicures Gynecologic exams Cataract surgery Injections or blood workIt is important that you tell your physician anddentist that you have an artificial joint, so thatthey may remind you to take antibiotics and toprescribe them, as appropriate. In addition, theymay wish to consult with your orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist.If you have any questions about germs or infections, or any type of procedure, you shouldcall your orthopedic surgeon or rheumatologist.Your Nutritional ProgramFor the near term, it is very important that youeat a well-balanced diet. Your body is in theprocess of healing and needs proper nutrition.But now is the perfect time to review your longrange nutritional program. Ask yourself andyour food preparer (if it is not yourself ) in whatways you can modify your meal habits to makea stronger contribution to your long-rangehealth.Managing ConstipationConstipation may occur after surgery because ofrelatively little activity and use of pain medication. To solve this problem: Increase your water intake. Drink at leasteight glasses of water daily. Try adding fiber to your diet by eatingfruits, vegetables and foods that are rich ingrains. If you do experience constipation, you maytake an over-the-counter stool softener/laxative such as Peri Colace, Senekot orMilk of Magnesia.S 12

Discharge Instructions (continued)Your Rehabilitation Program AtHomeFollow-up Appointments WithYour DoctorIt will be an extremely important part of yourcontinuing recovery. Please read the section onhome recovery and exercise. Note both theprecautions and the exercises. If you have questions, ask your physical therapist for answersbefore you leave. Notes on exercise are elsewhere in this guide.Regardless of how well you feel after you havebeen home for a while, follow-up appointmentswith your doctor are necessary. Call the officeto arrange appointments.Office number:When You Begin Driving Your CarMost patients are able to resume driving aboutfour weeks after surgery. It depends upon yourleg positioning, strength and coordination.First, check with your doctor.Additional Specific DischargeInstructionsYour doctor may have additional instructionsfor you to follow upon discharge. You canrecord then here as a reminder. This is also agood place to make notes about questions youmay have related to your discharge.S 13

Car TransferFront Seat You can place one hand on the back of thecar seat or headrest and the other hand onthe dashboard or car seat. Do not use thecar door for support as it could move. Carefully lower yourself to the seat, keepingyour operated leg slightly out in front. Slide back until your knees are on the seatthen bring your legs around into the carone at a time. You can use your hands tohelp lift your legs if needed. Be sure to move the seat back as far as it willgo. You may also recline the seat back togive you more room. Park the car several feet away from the curb.Open the door and stand on the street, asclose as you can get to the car. Turn until your back is facing the seat andback up until you feel the car seat on theback of your legs.S 14

Car TransferBack Seat Move the front seat of the car as far forwardas possible. If your right leg was operated on, it is easierto enter from the passenger’s side of the car.If your left leg was operated on, it is easierto enter from the driver’s side. Park the car several feet from the curb andstand on the street as close to the car aspossible. Turn and back up so that your legs aretouching the edge of the seat. Place one hand on the back of the front seatand your other hand on the back seat. Donot use the open car door for support. Carefully lower yourself to the seat, keepingyour operated leg slightly out in front. Slide back until the knee of your operatedleg is supported on the seat then bring yourlegs around into the car one at a time. Youcan use your hands to help lift your legs ifneeded.S 15

Home Recovery and ExerciseDuring the first few weeks at home, you adapt what you learned at the hospital to yourown setting. You will need to prepare your home for your recovery prior to your surgery. You will need a firm chair with arms. Add firm pillows to a low chairto provide proper height. Make sure your bed is high enough to keep your hips above your kneewhen you sit on the edge. Add a second mattress if necessary. Be sure all walking areas are free of clutter.Remove throw rugs.Watch for small pets.II Store items within easy reach. Prepare meals ahead of time and store in freezer. Helpful hint: have your favorite homedelivery numbers handy. If you are discharged with sutures or staples still in place, you may not shower unless otherwise advised by your surgeon. If they have been removed, you may take a shower, but not atub bath until given permission by your surgeon.Bathing/ShoweringFirst, remember that you must observe all theprecautions or limitations of movement while you bathe,shower or dress. Keep your knee(s) below your hips Do not lean forward past 90º angle at your waist.(Remember “L” shape) Keep your knees naturally apart do not force themtogether. Do not cross your legs whether you are standing,sitting or lying down. Do not pivot on your operated leg.(NOTE: the following discussion assumes youhave a single hip replaced. If you have a bilateral THR,(both hips replaced) let the “good” leg be the one on yourstronger operated side.)S 16

Bathing/Showering (continued) Supporting yourself with your arm on asafety rail, your good leg, and cane/crutch,bend the knee and lift your operated legout. Put it out far enough so there is room Now, using a safety rail and your cane/crutch for support, lift your good leg out.Entering a tub/shower (after your sutures orstaples have been removed or instructed by youdoctor). Make sure your soap, shampoo, wash clothand any other items. are in place for easyreach. (Also a towel, if you want to drybefore exiting the tub.) Be careful not to rotate on your operatedside as you begin to move around. Stand sideways to the tub with your goodleg next to the tub.Using a shower stall Place your cane/crutch(s) in your hand byyour operated hip.The ideal shower facility is a shower stall withonly a low lip to step across. Grasp the safety rail with your other hand. Use your cane/crutch and hand rail tomove into the shower stall. Supporting yourself with the safety rail andcane/crutch, lift and put your good leg intothe tub. Put the cane/crutch outside in easy reach. Wash, and remember your hip precautions. Next, supporting yourself with safety bar,good leg and cane/crutch, bring your operated leg in by bending the knee and liftingyour lower leg inside.Arranging for help in showering, bathingConsidering your bathing/showering facilitiesand your physical limitations, you may find iteasier to have someone help you bathe for thefirst few weeks. Put your cane/crutch in easy reach. Start the water carefully preferably coldfirst, and add hot, so you will not burnyourself. Remember, you cannot move Wash normally, and remember your hipprecautions.Leaving your tub/shower reversing theprocess Carefully reach out for your cane/crutch,and hold it in the hand next to your operated leg. Stand with your operated leg next to thetub edge, and put the cane/crutch outside.S 17

DressingBecause you cannot bend enough at the hipsto reach your feet, putting on anything overyour feet will be a real challenge at first! Youwill require assistance with your shoes/stockings for while after your surgery. If you do nothave someone at home to help you, let usknow. We can work together to find othermeans/devices to assist you.Using a reacher to put on your pants Using the reacher, grab waistband ofpants and lower to floor. Place operatedleg into pants first then follow the sameprocedure for the non-operated leg. Oncethe pants are pulled up to your knees,stand to pull them up the rest of the way.To remove pants, reverse the process.ORNote to women: Do not use panty hosefor months to come. Putting them onand off pushes your knees together which is something you must not do.When you want to dress up, considerusing stockings heldup by a garter belt.But for six or eight weeks, you will find iteasiest to use socks that come no higherthan your calf. To put on pants unbutton/unzip pants.Sit with legs apart “cowboy” style, holdingpants on opposite side of surgery with onehand, lasso your operated foot with pantleg. Pull on operated pant leg to kneesthen put unoperated leg in.Be sure tomaintain precautions while dressing.ShoesSocks and Stockings Slide the sock or stocking onto the sockaid. Make sure the heel is at the back ofthe plastic and the toe is tight against theend. The top of the sock should not comeover the top of the plastic piece. Holding onto the cords, drop the sockaid out in front of the operated foot. Slipyour foot into the stocking aid and pull iton and then off the back of your foot.Wear slip-on shoes or sneakers with touchfasteners (like Velcro ). Slip shoe on thenclose fastener with opposite foot.You should usethe sock aid for yournon-operated footto ensure that thehip precautionsare maintained.Removing socks or stockingsTo take your socks or stockings off, use thelong-handed reacher to push the sockoff your foot. You may also use the notch ofyour shoehorn to remove your sock.S 18

Home Exercise ProgramFollowing is a list of basic exercises that you will begin after your surgery with the help of yourphysical therapist. You will continue these at home after discharge from the hospital.The number of times you do each exercise depends on your ability. You should graduallyincrease the number of times you do each exercise. You may feel some stiffness and mildsoreness in various muscles as your body adapts to the new hip. These feelings are normal.Walking: Once you are home, increase the number of times each day you walk.In addition, increase the distance you walk.Stairs:One Hip ReplacedUpstairs:a) The good leg goes first.b) The operated leg goes second.c) The cane or crutch(s) go last.Downstairs:a) The cane or crutch(s) go first.b) The operated leg goes second.c) The good leg goes last.Both Hips ReplacedUpstairs:a) The stronger leg goes first.b) The weaker leg goes second.c) The cane or crutches go last.Downstairs:a) The cane or crutch(s) go first.b) The weaker leg goes second.c) The stronger leg goes last.S 19

Home Exercise Program (continued)On back (Do only those exercises checked by your physical therapist)Ankle circles and pumps Keeping legs flat on bed, pull your foot up anddown at the ankle. Keeping legs flat on bed, make circles withyour ankles. Do 10 repetitions every hour. Do this exercise withboth legs.Quad sets Tighten both knee muscles by pressing knees downinto bed Hold for five seconds Relax Perform 10 times an hour with both legsGluteal sets Pinch buttocks togetherHold for five secondsRelax.Do 10 repetitions every hour. *Do this with both legs.S 20

Home Exercise Program (continued)On back, continued (Do only those exercises checked by your physical therapist.)Lying on back: Heel Slide Bend hip and knee of operated side; do not bend beyond 90º (“L” shape) at hip.Do this exercise by keeping your foot on the bed and slide it up towards your bottom. Slowly lower your leg and relax. Performrepetitions,times a day.Laying on back: Short-Arc Quad Place rolled towel (6 inches) under knee of operated leg.Keeping thigh resting on the towel roll, slowly straighten knee.Hold for three seconds.Slowly lower and relax.Performrepetitions,times a day.S 21

Home Exercise Program (continued)On back, continued (Do only those exercises checked by your physical therapist.)Lying on back: Hip Abductiona) Keeping legs on the bed, bring your operated leg no further than18 inches from the other leg.b) Return to starting position. Be sure to keep knee and toe pointing to the ceiling when performing this exercise. Do not raise the leg off the bed when performing this exercise.c) Performrepetitions,times a day.S 22

Home Exercise Program (continued)8. Sitting: Terminal Knee Extensiona) Straighten operated leg.b) Hold three seconds.c) Slowly return to starting position.d) Performrepetitions,times a day.Advanced Home Exercise Program(Do only those exercises checked by your physical therapist.)Standing: Hip Abductiona) Stand, holding onto a solid object for balance(counter, couch back, etc.)b) Keeping knee and toe pointing forward, bringoperated leg out to side no more than 18 inches.Be sure not to bring the leg forward.c) Hold three seconds.d) Return to starting position.e) Performrepetitions,times a day.S 23

Advanced Home Exercises Continued) (Do only those exercises checked by your physical therapist) Sittinga) With your legs apart, place the foot of your operated legon the shin of the opposite leg.b) Try to slide your heel up your shin to the top of the knee.Keep the knee of your operated leg out to the side and below your hip.c) Once you have reached this position, gently push down on your knee of operated leg.It may take several months to accomplish this position, but try to do it.Do not get discouraged if your progress is slow.S 24

Your Home Exercise Program is Essential!You make the difference!Exercise is essential to helping your body and hip gain strength while you heal.Some discomfort after exercise is normal. However, if your pain is severe, stop the exercise that isbringing on pain. Wait several days, and try it again. A combination of exercise with rest, icepacks, and pain medication, will help you recover from your total hip replacement surgery asquickly as possible.You may have received instructions from your doctor for exercises not covered in this book. Hereis a good place to make notes.Additional Instructions:S 25

Sexual Concerns Following Total Hip ReplacementPatients and their partners may haveconcerns about sexual relationshipsfollowing hip surgery.Will I be able to resume sexualrelations?Most patients are able to resume safe andenjoyable intercourse after hip replacement.After gaining a new hip, it may take severalweeks to become completely comfortableduring intercourse.When can I resume sexualintercourse?It is safe to resume intercourse about four tosix weeks after surgery. This allows time forthe incision and muscles around your hip toheal.What should I tell my partner?Good communication between you and yourpartner is essential because you may have to adoptnew position(s) for intercourse. We suggest thatyou share this information with your partner. Inaddition, you can discuss the precautions relatedto hip movement which have been taught to youby the staff and this book.ConclusionWe hope that, by reading this information, someof your concerns and questions dealing withsexual activity after hip replacement surgery willbe answered. If you still have questions, please feelfree to ask your doctor, physical therapist, ornurse.What positions are safe for meduring intercourse?Total hip replacement precautions need to beobserved during all your activities of dailyliving, including sexual intercourse. The staffand this book have instructed you on theprecautions that you should follow for everyday activities. Remember to maintain yourhip precautions. Think about how the precautions relate to your usual position(s) forintercourse; and then, whether you may needto vary your position(s).S 26

Setting New GoalsDuring your first weeks at home, you will probably focus on becoming comfortable with yournew hip(s). That’s a logical first step!But one day, you will suddenly realize that you are managing very well with your new hip(s).So well, in fact, that you are more pain-free and getting around more readily than before.That’s the moment to tackl

hip for this explanation of total hip replacement. There can be other reasons for the re-placement, but, in general, the hip replacement method will be similar. To understand a total hip replacement, you must first understand the structure of the hip joint. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket

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