Rehabilitation After Hip Replacement Surgery

Rehabilitation After Hip Replacement

Many factors give value to your artificial hip’s longevity, including the prospects of your individual physical condition, everyday activity level, weight, and the overall accuracy and artistry of Dr. Oscar Mendoza’s implant placement during surgery.

Studies indicate that more than 80% of all hip replacements last nearly 15 years, and more than 70% of hip replacement surgical implants last 30 years.

It is important for you to discuss rehabilitation steps with your surgeon or orthopedic doctor and follow and use those details to increase the longevity and success of your hip replacement procedure in Mexico.

In general, you’ll want to:

  • Avoid repetitive heavy lifting, stair climbing, kneeling and excessive bending
  • Maintain an appropriate healthy weight
  • Stay active without involving quick stop-start activities, twisting motions or direct impact
  • Avoid sports such as jogging, downhill skiing, and high-impact aerobics
  • Consult your surgeon before beginning any new sport or activity
  • Think before you move

Total Hip Replacement Exercise Guide

Physical Therapy is a significant part of the rehabilitation process. It is crucial for you to slowly return to or begin exercises routines that will reinstate your hip mobility and strength.

Dr. Oscar Mendoza and your physical therapist may recommend that you exercise 2 or 3 times a day in 20 to 30 minute increments. The following exercise guide is for informational purposes only. Consult your orthopedic surgeon or your orthopedic doctor before starting any new activities or exercise routines.

Early Postoperative Exercises

These exercises are important for increasing circulation to your legs and feet to prevent blood clots. They also are important to strengthen muscles and to improve your hip movement. You may begin these exercises in the recovery room shortly after surgery. It may feel uncomfortable at first, but these exercises will speed your recovery and reduce your postoperative pain. These exercises should be done as you lie on your back with your legs spread slightly apart.

Ankle Pumps. Slowly push your foot up and down. Do this exercise several times as often as every 5 or 10 minutes. This exercise can begin immediately after surgery and continue until you are fully recovered.

Ankle Rotations. Move your ankle inward toward your other foot and then outward away from your other foot.

Bed-Supported Knee Bends. Slide your heel toward your buttocks, bending your knee and keeping your heel on the bed. Do not let your knee roll inward.

Buttock Contractions. Tighten buttock muscles and hold to a count of 5.

Abduction Exercise. Slide your leg out to the side as far as you can and then back.

Quadriceps Set. Tighten your thigh muscle. Try to straighten your knee. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds.

Straight Leg Raises. Tighten your thigh muscle with your knee fully straightened on the bed. As your thigh muscle tightens, lift your leg several inches off the bed. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Slowly lower.

Standing  Raises. Lift your operated leg toward your chest. Do not lift your knee higher than your waist. Hold for 2 or 3 counts and put your leg down.