Hip Arthroplasty Post Surgery Information

The following is what can be expected post Total Hip Replacement surgery:

Day 1:  Exercises in bed, up with physiotherapist during the late am or pm at physiotherapist discretion using forearm support frame and weight baring as tolerated. Sit out of bed as tolerated.

Day 2 on: Progress mobility with physiotherapist.

Day 3:  Commence hydrotherapy at physiotherapist discretion and commence crutches if able.

Day 4-6: Education handouts will be given detailing ‘Care of hip’ and ‘Home Exercise program’. Stair practice and discharge information will be provided. By this stage patient should be able to get out of bed, sit in a chair and use the toilet independently.

Day 5-7: If the patient is independent they will be discharged directly home. Patient may be discharged earlier if being transferred to a rehabilitation facility. Follow up appointment is to be made with Professor Munjed Al Muderis for six weeks time from discharge and outpatient physiotherapy/hydrotherapy is to be commenced.

The following post-operative medications are to be expected to be prescribed following your hip replacement surgery: 

  • Endone (as per doctors orders), then panadeine forte (as per doctors orders)

  • IV antibiotics as ordered, anticoagulation as per the physician

  • Patient to wear anti-embolic stockings for 6 weeks

Post-op precautions:

It is important that you avoid any movements that will stress, damage or lead to dislocation of your new hip:

  • For the first six weeks it is recommended you sleep with a pillow between your legs

  • Avoid crossing your legs and bending your hip past a right angle

  • Avoid low chairs and bending over to pick things up. Grabbers can be helpful with this as well as shoe horns

  • Avoid the combined movement of bending your hip and turning your foot in, this can lead to dislocation

Concerns: Please contact the office if you are worried about your level of pain, have significant bleeding or have fever or redness around the surgical site.

If you require assistance after hours please contact the hospital where the surgery was performed and they will contact Professor Al Muderis on your behalf.

Norwest Private Hospital: (02) 8882 8882

Macquarie University Hospital: (02) 9812 3000