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Hip Joint Replacement

 

Resuming Activities

Depending upon the physical demands of your job, you can normally resume work when authorized by your surgeon.

You usually may begin driving once you are able to bear full weight on your hip. Be sure you are comfortable with your strength. Practice driving in a safe area. Once you are comfortable with your mobility, you generally may drive anywhere.

Sexual intercourse may be resumed at any time as long as all hip precautions are kept in mind.

We encourage you to be active in order to control your weight and muscle tone. It is generally three to four months before you can resume low-impact aerobic activities such as walking, bicycling and swimming.

Jogging, high-impact aerobics and certain sports should be avoided. Your new hip is artificial, and although made of extremely durable materials, it is subject to wear and tear.

Since your rehabilitation is an individual one, please seek advice on future activities from your surgeon.

 

MEDICATION / PAIN CONTROL

It is normal for you to have some discomfort. You will probably receive a prescription for pain medication before you go home. If a refill is needed, please call your surgeon’s nurse a few days before you run out of pills. Contact your surgeon if your discomfort or pain increases.

 

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

You may be seen four to six weeks, three to six months and twelve months after your surgery. It may be requested that you see your surgeon once a year after the first year, even if you are not having any problems, to check out the condition of your new hip joint.

Any infection must be promptly treated with proper antibiotics becauseinfection can spread from one area to another through the blood stream. Every effort must be made to prevent infection in your artificial joint. You should always tell your dentist or physician that you have an artificial joint. If you are to have dental work performed, please call your surgeon prior to having this work done. Your surgeon will most likely prescribe an antibiotic for you. Antibiotics must be used before and after any medical or dental procedure– a precaution that must be taken for the rest of your life.

 
 
 
 
 
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