A contact, use the format [email protected] Alternatively


A Guide
to Recovery Following a

Total Hip

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 Hospital address and contact number

Physiotherapy Department

3rd Floor, East Wing

University Hospital

Clifford Bridge Road

Coventry CV2 2DX


Direct Line: 024 -7696-6013

Internal Ext.: 23541



If you know the person’s name that you
wish to contact, use the format [email protected] Alternatively email the Trust via [email protected]


Further Information

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. 

If you
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.

 This leaflet
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)

There are
four basic movements which must be avoided for 12 weeks after the operation.

Do not cross
your legs.

operated leg out to side away from body’s midline

bending operated hip past 90°.

Avoid lifting
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
10-15 timesThese
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