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Leaving the Hospital After Hip Replacement

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Presentation: Hip Replacement
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When you leave the hospital you will be given specific wound-care instructions and discharge instructions for activity level, medication, and any further restrictions necessary. Your healthcare provider will let you know of any symptoms that require immediate medical attention.
You will be given medication to prevent blood clots in your legs. This may be taken by mouth or by an injection. You should speak to your doctor about which form of medication will be used.
If nonabsorbable stitches or staples were used, they will be removed approximately 10 to 14 days following the surgery.
You will be given very clear and specific instructions from your doctor and therapist on unsafe positions for your hip that can result in dislocation.
You will need to use a walker, a cane or crutches for at least 6 weeks after surgery, until your muscles are strong again. Other home equipment will also be provided to you on the day of discharge. This will include a raised toilet seat, and a pillow, among other things. This equipment will be used for approximately 3 months after surgery, and helps to make the transition to home easier and safer.
Depending on your situation, most people require a few months of physical therapy to work on hip motion and strength. Therefore, supervised exercises will continue for 4-6 weeks. This may require attending intensive physical therapy sessions at a rehabilitation hospital or you may be able to arrange for a therapist to visit your home.
After this time period, your doctor and therapist will evaluate your progress and will recommend that you continue these exercises on your own to maintain overall conditioning. Physical therapy can be continued if necessary.

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