What precautions should I follow after anterior hip surgery?

Your doctor will tell you what precautions are appropriate for your case before you are discharged.

Undergoing anterior hip surgery implies fewer complications and restrictions than traditional hip replacements. However, you should take the following preventive measures and avoid:

  • sleeping on your surgical side when lying on the side
  • hip extensions and stepping backward with the surgical leg
  • external rotations of the surgical leg
  • crossing your legs; use a pillow between the legs when rolling

Like any other surgical procedure, a successful anterior hip surgery depends on several factors besides the surgical approach, such as: 

  • the knowledge, experience, and skill of the surgeon
  • the patient's weight, build, and overall health condition
  • the willingness of the patient to have active participation in the surgical preparation and post-surgical rehabilitation

Generally, the precautionary period lasts approximately three months. Each patient recovers at an individual pace and is able to gradually return to the normal activities they performed before the surgery by carefully following the recommendations of their surgeon and physical therapist.

Recovery instructions after anterior hip surgery

  • hospitalization: during their stay in the hospital, which lasts two to four days, patients are encouraged to stand or walk a few steps using crutches or walkers. Patients need to start moving as soon as possible because it increases blood flow and reduces the risk of blood clots
  • movement and mobility: patients will start physical therapy shortly after hospitalization to improve muscle strength and flexibility. The therapists will recommend a set of exercises. After a few weeks of physical therapy, most patients can gradually increase their participation in daily household activities
  • movement restrictions: there are no movement restrictions necessary after the anterior hip surgery. Postoperative movement limitations after surgery are usually based on comfort. Patients can return to work typically after two weeks or more and can drive if they want. Three months after surgery, they can return to higher-level activities like tennis or skiing
  • healthy diet and weight: extra weight can increase the risk of complications. A balanced diet and a healthy body weight help to improve recovery
  • exercise for blood flow: patients need to learn some physical exercises that help to promote blood flow and prevent blood clots
  • everyday living: patients may need assistance with daily activities for the first week after surgery. It is important to make some preparations to ensure a safe environment for the recovery period in advance

Careful precautions and active participation ensure a smooth, successful, and fast recovery.

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