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After Total Hip Replacement

Instructions after Total Hip Replacement

To the Physical Therapist: Dr. Harwin uses a stable anterior approach to the hip needing few precautions. He encourages return to normal activities as soon as possible. If the patient had a special situation requiring additional instructions, they will have been given specific instructions. Here are the instructions for his patients who have had a routine hip replacement:

  • Try to resume a normal walking pattern as soon as you can
  • Put as much weight on the leg as you feel possible
  • Use forearm crutches if possible, rather than a walker
  • Switch to a cane as soon as you are comfortable and secure
  • You may go outside and resume normal activities as soon as you can
  • Place a soft pillow between the legs for sleeping, with a pillow between the legs, you may sleep on either side
  • Avoid sitting in very low chairs, use of an elevated chair or toilet seat is for your comfort only

After Total Hip Replacement

For any questions or clarifications, call Dr. Harwin's Office

By Dr. Steven Harwin