- Anne Caviness About Using Trekking Poles
- Getting in and out of a car
- Getting in and out of bed
- Hip Resurfacing Information about Sex after Hip Replacement
- How to Use a cane after hip resurfacing surgery
- How to Use a Walker
- How to Use Crutches after hip resurfacing surgery
- Precautions after surgery – what to do and not to do
- Stair use with cane or crutches
The top of your cane should reach to the crease in your wrist when you stand up straight. Your elbow should bend a bit when you hold your cane. Hold the cane in the hand opposite the side that needs support.Walking
When you walk, the cane and your injured leg swing and strike the ground at the same time. To start, position your cane about one small stride ahead and step off on your injured leg. Finish the step with your normal leg.Stairs
To climb stairs, grasp the handrail (if possible) and step up on your good leg first, with your cane in the hand opposite the injured leg. Then step up on the injured leg. To come down stairs, put … Read the rest
The suggested sexual positions explained below may help you avoid dislocating your new hip after hip resurfacing surgery.
It is always best to ask your own surgeon for specific information about when you are allowed to resume sexual activities and what specific activities are allowed after your hip resurfacing.Patient on bottom/partner on topThis position works well for both male and female patients. This is usually the most comfortable position to use right after surgery. When using this position, make sure to:
- avoid bending your new hip more than 90 degrees
- keep your affected leg out to the side
- make sure your toes don’t point inward
- place a
DO NOT put more weight on your operated leg than was allowed while you were in the hospital. Do you know your “weight bearing status?” If not, ask your doctor or therapist.
Back up until you feel the chair against the back of your legs.
Slide your operated leg forward and lower yourself slowly into the chair using armrests.
Try to sit in a chair that has armrests. DO NOT sit in rocking chairs or chairs with wheels
Scoot forward in the chair with your operated leg out in front of you.
Use both arms to push yourself up to standing, then reach for the walker.
Keep your walker FLAT on the
Correct Hip Positioning
Keep your operated leg facing straight forward when sitting, walking, or lying down.
Do the Following:
Keep your knee lower than your operated hip.
Do Not Do The Following:
DO NOT cross your legs in any way. DO NOT turn your leg inward.
Your feet should NEVER point toward each other.DO NOT bend forward or lift your knee higher than your hip.
Stairs and Crutches
Use one crutch and the stair rail if present (only if the railing is stable and there is someone to carry the other crutch). Use two crutches if there is no stair rail.
It does not matter which side the stair rail is on.
If both crutches can be held in one hand safely, you can use both crutches on one side and the railing on the other.
Walk close to the first stair and hold onto the stair rail.
Hold onto the rail with one hand and the crutch with the other hand.
Push down on the stair rail and the crutch and step up with the “good” leg.
If not allowed to place weight on the “bad”
After having my left hip resurfaced in
July 2007, for my recovery I focused on PT exercises, water
walking and exercises, and swimming. I also gradually
increased my regular walking. I went from two crutches to
one crutch, to a cane, to nothing, then to one trekking pole
for trails with steep inclines and loose rocks. I was
reluctant to use two trekking poles, because I really didn’t
know how to use them, and they reminded me too much of using
However, my brother told me how much he enjoys hiking with
trekking poles, especially on steep terrain and when
crossing streams. Trekking poles are like having four-wheel
drive, and all the serious hikers use them. They enhance
stability, improve your posture, spread the … Read the rest
The top of your crutches should reach between 1 and 1 1/2
inches below your armpits while you stand up straight.
The handgrips of the crutches should be even with the top of
your hip line.
Your elbows should bend a bit when you use the handgrips.
Hold the top of the crutches tightly to your sides, and use
your hands to absorb the weight. Don’t let the tops of the
crutches press into your armpits.
Lean forward slightly and put your crutches about one foot
ahead of you. Begin your step as if you were going to use
the injured foot or leg, but shift your weight to the
crutches instead of the injured foot. Your body swings
forward between the … Read the rest
| Sit down
on the edge of the bed, reaching back with one
hand at a time.|
Getting into the Car
Back up to the front car seat until you feel it on the back of your legs.
Slide your operated leg forward, reach back with both hands, and slowly lower yourself into the seat.
Scoot yourself across the car seat, keeping your operated leg straight.
Slowly turn your body so you are facing forward. It may be more comfortable to ride in the back seat if you have a four-door car.
Reverse the above to get out of the car.… Read the rest