If you have undergone the hip replacement surgery then you have to keep in mind certain things which will help you to recover faster.
Once you go back to your home after the surgery, you should eat food that contains all the nutrients and vitamins which will help you to recover faster and heal properly. The doctor may advise you to avoid the intake of Vitamin K as it affects the healing process. Vitamin K is found in broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, liver, spinach, kale, lettuce, turnip greens, green beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, soybeans, onions, and cabbage.
- Lying Posture
After the hip replacement, you should lie on your back while you are resting. Additionally, you should keep a pillow between the thighs so that they cannot touch each other and especially when you are lying on the side.
- Standing up
Before standing, you should slide to the edge of the chair or bed. The leg which is operated should be kept in front when you are getting up from the chair or bed. You should avoid sitting on the beds which are very low.
You should not stop using the crutches, walker, or cranes until your doctor advises you to. Do not sit for long hours, so you should frequently walk after some time. Make sure you are maintaining your weight-bearing status as advised by the doctor or therapist. When you are turning just take small steps and try not to rotate your operated leg.
- Riding a car
You should not drive until your surgeon advises you to do so. As we have already said you should not sit for a long time, so you should avoid car rides for long hours. Make sure you are moving at least every two hours. Do not sit on low seats and you can also keep a pillow on the seat to make it of proper height.
After the surgery, for the first few weeks, it is very normal to experience swelling in the treated area. In some cases, it lasts for around either 3 or 6 months. To reduce the swelling you should keep the leg slightly elevated and apply ice over it. The doctor also advised wearing a compression bandage to reduce the swelling. If the problem still persists, then you should consult the surgeon about the problem.
- Make necessary changes in the home
Before the surgery, you should make the required changes in the home so that you can move freely and if you want something it is easily accessible. Additionally, there should be someone to help you with your daily activities.