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Three things you must not do after hip replacement surgery

Our Physiotherapist Toby Vague shares the three rules you must follow for at least three months after your hip replacement surgery.

After having hip replacement surgery your hip joint is less stable and is more prone to dislocating.

Dislocation is not only painful but it could also damage the joint requiring additional rehabilitation or surgery.

To avoid dislocating your hip, for the first three months after surgery:

  • Do not cross your legs – this includes crossing at the knee or the ankle.
  • Do not bend your operated hip past 90 degrees – be sitting completely upright and try not bend forwards or bring your knee up high towards your chest
  • Try not to twist your hip – ensure your knee and toes are pointing straight at all times.

Common causes of hip dislocation

The most common everyday actions which cause hip dislocations are:

  • Bending down to put on socks, shoes or stockings
  • Sitting in low chairs and bending forward to get up

Work with your physiotherapist or occupational therapist to find easy ways to complete these tasks and prevent dislocation.

Any surgical procedure carries risks. Make sure you discuss all possible risks with an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
Toby Vague Physiotherapist

About the Author

Toby is a physiotherapist at St John of God Geelong Hospital. He has nearly 20 years' experience as a physiotherapist working predominantly in orthopaedics and rehabilitation.