Concerns Following Total Hip Replacement
With Permission From The Hospital for Special Surgery
and their partners may have concerns about sexual relationships
following hip surgery. This information should help.
I be able to resume sexual relations?
vast majority of patients are able to resume safe
and enjoyable intercourse after hip replacement. In fact, patients
who, in the past, have had impaired sexual function caused by
preoperative hip pain and stiffness usually find that, after
surgery, their hips are pain-free and have better motion. However,
after gaining new hip(s), it may take several weeks to become
completely comfortable during intercourse.
can I resume sexual intercourse?
general, it is safe to resume intercourse approximately
four to six weeks after surgery. This allows time for the incision
and muscles around your hip to heal.
positions are safe for me during intercourse?
hip replacement precautions need to be observed
during all your activities of daily living, including
sexual intercourse. You should avoid excessive hip flexion,
adduction and internal rotation. Think about how the precautions
relate to your traditional position(s) for intercourse; and
then, whether you may need to vary your position(s).
should I tell my partner?
communication between you and your partner is essential, because
you may have to adopt new position(s) for intercourse. We
suggest that you share this information with your partner.
In addition, you can discuss the precautions related to hip
movement which have been taught to you by the staff.
hope that, by reading this information, some of your concerns
and questions dealing with sexual activity after hip replacement
surgery will be answered. If you still have questions, please
feel free to ask your surgeon, physical therapist, or nurse.