The following precautions should be observed for the next
eight to twelve weeks following your total hip surgery.
It is up to you and your physician to discuss when you can
resume normal activity.
that are not allowed following a total hip
flexion more than 90°
rotation inwards or outwards
adduction - you are not allowed to cross your leg past
your body's midline towards the opposite leg.
not lean forward from a sitting position
not pull your knee toward your chest
not cross your legs or ankles
your toes pointed straight ahead
coming to stand:
your operated leg forward before you sit or stand
backwards to slide your buttocks forward to the
edge of the chair
your hands on the chair/bed to stand up or sit down. Do
not hold onto the walker as it is not secure.
from the chair/bed straight upwards to stand. Do not lean
low soft chairs.
not cross legs or ankles
on your back or on your operated side. DO NOT lie on the
not pull your knees to your chest.
your toes pointed towards the ceiling/straight ahead.
your legs separated by using the blue abduction pillow
between your legs for the next 8 weeks, whenever sleeping.
your legs separated and the toes of the operated leg pointed
not pivot on the operated leg.
turning, take small steps and turn towards the good side/unoperated
to use your walker/crutches until your doctor gives you
up, you lead with the good (unoperated) leg with the assistive
down, lead with the assistive device, then the operated
leg, and then the non-operated leg.
you are allowed to bathe, take a shower rather than a bath.
You may need to use a tub stool while bathing.
you drop an object on the floor, do not pick it up. Wait
for another person to pick it up or use some type of long
you leave the hospital, an Occupational Therapist will demonstrate
ways (through the use of several helpful devices) to put
on and remove shoes, socks, and pants. She will also demonstrate
and explain how to pick up objects from the floor, bathe
the feet, and transfer into the car.
you have any questions after you get home, please feel free
to contact your therapist at 410-532-3920 between 8:00 a.m.
and 4:30 p.m.