Total Joint Replacement

Total Hip Replacement

The Dos
Do keep the leg facing forward
Do keep the affected leg in front as you sit or stand
Do use a high kitchen or barstool in the kitchen
Do kneel on the knee on the operated leg (the bad side)
Do use ice to reduce pain and swelling, but remember that ice will diminish sensation. Don't apply ice directly to the skin; use an ice pack or wrap it in a damp towel
Do apply heat before exercising to assist with range of motion. Use a heating pad or hot, damp towel for 15 to 20 minutes
Do cut back on your exercises if your muscles begin to ache, but don't stop doing them

The Don'ts
Don't cross your legs at the knees for at least 8 weeks
Don't bring your knee up higher than your hip
Don't lean forward while sitting or as you sit down
Don't try to pick up something on the floor while you are sitting
Don't turn your feet excessively inward or outward when you bend down
Don't reach down to pull up blankets when lying in bed
Don't bend at the waist beyond 90°
Don't stand pigeon-toed
Don't kneel on the knee on the non-operated leg (the good side)
Don't use pain as a guide for what you may or may not do

References
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00356

Total Hip Replacement Equipment
If you are being discharged to a sub acute rehab center, they will supply you with equipment
If you are going home, we would recommend the following: