Surgery to replace a damaged hip joint offers our patients the opportunity to regain lost function and return to daily activities with increased ease and comfort. However, care must be taken following total hip replacement in Fort Lauderdale to encourage mobility and prevent complications. Here are some tips on how to have the best possible recovery.
1. After surgery, participate in a regular light exercise program to maintain proper strength and mobility of your new hip. Your activity program should include a graduated walking program to slowly increase your mobility and endurance. You should resume normal household activities, as well as sitting, standing, and walking up and down stairs.
2. Take special precautions to avoid falls and injuries by using a cane, crutches, a walker or handrails, or having someone help you. A fall during the first few weeks after surgery can damage your new hip, and may result in the need for more surgery. Stairs are a particular hazard until your hip is strong and mobile.
3. Inform your dentist of your hip replacement. You will need to take antibiotics before dental work or any surgical procedure that could allow bacteria to enter your bloodstream and cause infection.
4. See your orthopaedic surgeon periodically for routine follow-up examinations, even if your hip replacement seems to be doing fine. We also encourage patients to have annual x-rays after the first year. This allows any problems to be identified and handled before they become serious.
Most patients find the discomfort and inconvenience associated with recovery from hip replacement minor when compared to the pain and limited function they experienced prior to surgery. At Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, we’re here to help you on your journey back to full health. Call our office today at (954) 400-5544 with any questions about hip replacement, or to schedule a consultation.