Health Tip: Returning to Normal After Hip Replacement
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Exercise, but don't overdo it
By Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- After hip replacement, it's important to allow your hip to heal, returning gradually to normal activities.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions:
- Once you're out of the hospital, be sure to get regular exercise without overdoing it.
- Use any devices, such as a walker or crutches, that your doctor recommends.
- You should be able to begin driving (as long as your vehicle has an automatic transmission) within eight weeks, provided you are not taking narcotic medication.
- Support your hip while sleeping with a pillow between your knees if you sleep on your side, or with your knees slightly apart if you sleep on your back.
- Talk to your doctor about resuming sexual relations.
- Sit only in chairs with arms for the first three months, and nothing that is low or reclining.
- Avoid climbing stairs until your hip is well healed.
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