What should I wear after hip surgery?
Wear pants/shorts that are easy to get out of (always dress the surgical leg first). Wear shoes that are supportive (ones that you can slip on and off)….Equipment for getting dressed that may help:
- sock aid, and.
- long-handled shoe horn.
How soon after hip replacement can I take a long car ride?
Driving. It is recommended that you not drive for 8 weeks following surgery. You may go out in a car (as a passenger) approximately 3 weeks after you return home, but make sure to avoid sports cars and cars with bucket seats because of the low seat height.
How high is bed after hip replacement?
Make sure the top of your bed is 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 in.) above your knee. Don’t use soft mattresses or waterbeds. Don’t reach forward to pull up the covers—use a reacher instead.
Is it normal to limp after hip replacement?
Many patients who have had a complete hip replacement have experienced a limp for some time leading up to surgery. Traumatic injury hip replacements are rare. Most hip replacements are performed on individuals who have developed hip problems with aging and normal wear & tear.
How do you correct leg length discrepancy after hip replacement?
The fix for a leg that is too long is a lift in the other shoe. There’s no medical reason not to use a shoe lift, and it can be an affordable and useful way to correct the disparity. If you feel more comfortable with a shoe lift in your shoe, use it.
Can leg length discrepancy be corrected?
If a child has stopped growing, orthopedists can sometimes correct a leg length discrepancy by shortening the longer leg. This is done by removing a piece of bone from the longer leg. Limb lengthening surgery also can be done.
What is an acceptable leg length discrepancy after hip surgery?
The boundary between acceptable and unacceptable levels of disparity remains undefined . Though Eden et al  concluded that even a small disparity may be a source of dissatisfaction in some patients; however, several studies have shown that up to 10 mm of LLD is well tolerated by most patients.
Can I ever cross my legs after hip replacement?
You shouldn’t cross your legs or, if you’ve had a total hip replacement, you should not roll the surgical leg inward or outward. DO NOT pivot on your affected leg. If you need to turn while walking, fully stop and lift your foot to change direction. DO wear supportive shoes with rubber soles.
How long should you wear compression socks after hip replacement surgery?
You should wear the compressive stockings for a full six weeks on both legs. You may take them off occasionally to wash them. These stockings help to prevent blood clots from forming in your legs and they help to reduce swelling as well as other potential medical complications.
Which leg is longer after hip replacement?
As a result, “true” lengthening of the leg is uncommon after hip replacement. However, it’s not uncommon for patients to feel like their leg is too long after hip replacement. This is what we consider an apparent leg length discrepancy. Your operative leg is not actually longer after surgery.
How much leg length discrepancy is normal?
The effects of limb length discrepancy vary from patient to patient, depending on the cause and size of the difference. Patients who have differences of 3-1/2 to 4 percent of total leg length (about 4 cm or 1-2/3 inches in an average adult) may limp or have other difficulties when walking.