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With total hip replacement, you'll probably have to use special equipment during your hospital stay. You'll also be given special tools for your home.
You will have a special foam pillow that will help to keep your legs apart (abducted).
An occupational therapist will give you an ADL Kit while you are in the hospital. He or she will teach you how to use each of the three tools in the kit, consisting of a reacher/grabber, a sock aid, and a dressing stick.
1. DO NOT move your operated hip toward your chest any more than a right angle. This is 90 degrees.
2. DO NOT turn your kneecap inward when sitting, standing, or lying down.
3. DO NOT cross your operated leg across the midline of your body (in toward your other leg).
Examples of Bending More Than 90 degrees:DO NOT sit in chairs without arms. DO grasp chair arms to help you rise safely to a standing position. Place extra pillows or cushions in your chair so that you do not bend your hip more than 90 degrees.
DO use a chair with arms. Place your operated leg in front and your uninvolved leg well under.
DO get up from the toilet as directed by your therapist. Use the elevated toilet seat if we have given you one.
DO use a long-handled reacher to pull up sheets or blankets or do as directed by the therapist.
DO NOT bend way over.
DO NOT try to put on your own shoes or stockings in the usual way. By doing this improperly you could bend or cross your operated leg too far. DO these activities as directed by your therapist.
This exercise strengthens the calf muscles in your lower leg.
This exercise strengthens your upper leg or thigh muscles.
This exercise strengthens the gluteus maximus (buttocks) muscles, which are important for walking and stair climbing.
This exercise will strengthen the muscles in the back of your thigh.
Standing or Lying Abduction
Do this exercise with your operated leg.
Note: Continue your Upper Body Strengthening Exercises.