Hip Care Tips
for six weeks after your operation
· Don’t bend your hip more than 90º
· Don’t sit or lie with your legs crossed at the knees or ankles
· Don’t jar or force movements at the hip
· Don’t swivel or twist affected leg
· Don’t put pressure on the wound
· Don’t put weight on your operated leg for long periods
· Don’t bend forward when getting on and off sitting surfaces
Avoid sitting in the bath for the first six - eight weeks. If
you do not have a shower we will order a bath board
for you and you will be instructed how to get in and out of
We can arrange for you to have a high shower stool in order to take weight off the operated leg and to reduce the chance of falling.
Use aids from your long handled kit to avoid bending eg
Elastic shoe laces are available.
Follow your surgeon’s advice about driving
To get into a car put your bottom on the seat and swing your feet into the car.
To get out of car swing legs out gently and then stand up holding onto stabilised car door
Stairs NB Good leg (leads) up to heaven. Bad leg (leads down) to hell.
Check with your surgeon before restarting active sports or hobbies ie cycling, gardening, bowls.
Ensure any sexual activity does not place any strain on your operated hip and that your hip
doesn’t bend greater than 90º for at least three months post-operatively.
If you require assistance with meal preparation and/or home help ask your hospital nurse.