Recovery and Rehab

During your hospital stay you will meet a physiotherapist and occupational therapist. They will be giving you information that will allow you to do your own exercises and recover at home.

Hip precautions

For the first three months after your total hip replacement surgery, it is very important that you follow these precautions. These tips will decrease your chances of dislocating your hip.
  • Sit and get up from a chair the same way you were taught when you were in hospital
  • Do not sit on low chairs, sofas or toilets
  • Use a raised toilet seat
  • Use a wedge cushion in your car
  • Do not cross your legs when sitting
  • Do not bend over when sitting
  • When sitting, always make sure that your knees are lower than your hips
  • Do not bend down, or bend your hip more than 90 degrees
  • Place a pillow between your legs at night in bed before you go to sleep

Pain and swelling

Some pain and swelling at the surgical site is normal. This will improve over the next six weeks. Swelling may increase even after leaving the hospital. Use your pain medication as prescribed. Gradually try to wean yourself off pain medication. You can use ice packs to control pain and inflammation. Raising your leg mid-morning and mid-afternoon, as well as calf pumping exercises can help reduce swelling.

Do you have any questions or concerns? Contact the Hip and Knee Patient Navigator at (416) 756-6000 ext. 4490 or email Hipknee.Navigator@nygh.on.ca. Learn more about the Hip and Knee Patient Navigator.