to Recovery Following a
Hospital address and contact number
3rd Floor, East Wing
Clifford Bridge Road
Coventry CV2 2DX
Direct Line: 024 -7696-6013
Internal Ext.: 23541
For further queries please visit our
website at: www.uhcw.nhs.uk
Interpretation and translation services
are available and can be accessed by contacting Internal Ext.: 23541.
This hospital operates a no smoking
policy. Perform these exercises 10 times, 4 times
a day. If you
are reliant on a walking aid, first place the walking aid forward, then the affected
leg and finally the unaffected leg. When
turning, avoid pivoting or twisting on affected leg instead consciously lift
and place the foot.
have any queries regarding your aid please get in touch using the contact
information provided.3. Stand upright holding the back of a chair. Lift leg out to side slowly
and back in keeping upright posture.
is designed to provide a basic understanding of your total hip replacement and
a guide to recovering. It is important you understand the advantages but also
the possible problems you will incur as a result of your surgery
The hip joint
is a ball and socket joint.
The ball (femoral
head) is the top part of the thighbone.
The socket (acetabulum)
is “cup-shaped” and part of the pelvis.
A total hip
replacement involves surgical removal of diseased cartilage and bone of the hip
components are replaced with a metalic/ceramic ball and stem and an
artificial plastic/ceramic cup socket.
precautions are necessary to prevent dislocation (ball slipping out of socket)
four basic movements which must be avoided for 12 weeks after the operation.
Do not cross
operated leg out to side away from body’s midline
bending operated hip past 90°.
knees above hips or leaning too far forward when seated.
twisting operated leg in/out.
toes/kneecap pointed forward during walking.
rolling/ lying on either side.
Lie on your
back with pillow between legs.
Your physiotherapist will visit before
surgery to prescribe and explain exercises to be carried out within the first
72 hours following surgery.
Deep Breathing: For prevention of chest infections.
Ankle Exercises: Move ankle in all
directions to prevent blood clot formation.3.
Strength Exercises: Help speed up
recovery by strengthening around the hip.i) Push back of knee down into bed, holding for 3-4 seconds and repeat
10-15 times.ii) Squeeze buttock muscles together, holding for 3-4 seconds and repeat
exercises prevent pain and stiffness in the operated leg. Home exercises are carried out in a safe
environment and must be continued until the ‘new’ hip is as flexible and strong
as the other. 1. Lying on
back with a towel/sliding board under foot, bend and straighten hip and knee by
sliding foot up and down.
2. Stand upright holding the back of a chair.
Keep knee straight, lift leg backwards slowly and back in keeping upright