As the population ages and out joints start to break down one of the more common surgical procedures that are performed today are hip replacement surgeries. You can have your painful and non-functioning hip replaces with an artificial joint. The surgeon can replace the total hip or do a partial replacement. It is a serious surgery that requires a fairly lengthy recovery time but it can give you your life back. Recovering from hip surgery can be made easier if you follow these tips.
With any surgery there is always a risk of complications even in the simplest of surgeries and hip replacement is not a simple surgery. Some of the more common complications are infections, blood clots, fractures to the leg bone and even changes to the length of your leg. Most of these will be dealt with at the time of surgery. You should take some precautions ahead of time so that you are ready when you get home from the hospital, along with how to help yourself recover.
Move Your Bedroom Downstairs
Stair climbing is going to be out for a little while after surgery. You will need to have everything you need on one floor, if your bedroom is upstairs you will need to consider moving it downstairs for the duration of your recovery. Avoiding stair climbing will help your recovery go that much faster.
Clear Out Any Clutter
The last thing you want to do after hip surgery is fall, you will find yourself back in the hospital in a great deal of pain. One of the things that you can do ahead of time is to clear the clutter out of your home. Move anything that can trip you up and make sure that you have wide enough pathways to get around.
Modify the Bathroom
Using an elevated washroom until you recover will make your recovery that much easier. One of the things you need to avoid is bending at the waist, it will put pressure on the new joint. That makes trips to the washroom a little awkward, having an elevated toilet will help with the pain, you don’t need to bend too far. If you can’t modify your bathroom you may even want to consider a portable toilet particularly if your bathroom is upstairs.
These tips should help you recover in a speedy fashion, you should also have a firm chair that keeps your back perfectly straight. You want to avoid bending for the first little while after your surgery, you may also have to do some physiotherapy to help you regain your movement after the surgery. Always follow the advice of your physician and let them know if there are any problems.
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