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After your hip replacement, there may be precautions you will need to follow in
order to protect your hip. In most cases you should follow these rules:
Do not cross the hip replacement leg across the other leg.
Do not bend the artificial hip more than 90 degrees. Your knee should stay
below your belt.
Do not let your hip turn inward or pigeon-toed.
This means that you will not be able to reach down to put on your pants, socks and
shoes. You will also not be able to bend over to pick up objects from the floor. If
you have no one to help you, you may want to buy some of the equipment
described below before your surgery.
Reacher: A reacher is used to retrieve objects from the floor, high shelves or to
reach items nearby while you are sitting in a chair. It can also be used for pulling
Dressing stick: A dressing stick is used to apply pants, skirts or other lower
extremity clothing without having to bend over to get them over your feet. It can
also be used to remove socks.
Sock Aid: A sock aid is used to apply socks or stockings without having to bend
over or cross your legs.
Long Handle Shoe Horn: A long handle shoe horn is used to slip on your shoes
without having to bend over or cross your legs. If you wear tied shoes you may
want to buy elastic shoelaces so your shoes can remain tied at all times and still
allow you to slip them onto your feet.
Long Handle Bath Sponge: A long handle bath sponge is used to wash your legs
and feet so you do not have to bend forward at your hips.
Raised Toilet Seat or Commode: A raised toilet seat or commode may be useful
if you are tall or have a low toilet. These safety measures may help when using the
bathroom. The commode also has arms and fits over your home toilet.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 3/2016 University of Wisconsin Hospitals
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