Basic care may include a dry sterile dressing while the staples are still intact. Once the staples are removed, steri-strips may be placed on the incision and the site may be kept open to air. The procedure will vary with each patient’s needs.
Caring for Your New Hip
Signs and Symptoms of Hip Dislodgment:
- Don’t try too much too soon. You may need to set aside rest periods for the morning and evening when you first go home.
- When lying down, be sure to use a pillow between your knees and when lying on your side. Avoid lying on your stomach. Avoid letting your feet and/or knees rotate outward.
- Do not turn affected leg inward.
- Do not cross legs.
- Do not bend forward at the waist (90 degree limit).
- Ask your doctor before resuming sexual relations.
- If you are planning to have a medical or dental procedure, your doctor/dentist may want to put you on an antibiotic. It is important to let the office know about your new hip at the time your appointment is made.
- Your doctor can give you an identification card which tells you about your new hip. This will be needed, for instance, when you go through metal detectors because they may alarm.
- Please keep your appointments and have necessary lab work drawn.
Call Your Doctor in the Event of:
- Leg may shorten
- Severe pain
- Clicking or popping sound
Call 911 if You Develop:
- Fever greater than 100 degrees
- Bruising easily
- Cloudy, bloody urine
- Nose bleeds or gums bleed easily
- Incision with drainage, swelling or redness
- Signs or symptoms of hip dislodgment
- Calf pain or swelling
- Chest cold
- Black, tarry stools
- Chest Pain
- Shortness of Breath
Call your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms of an infection anywhere in your body, like a chest cold. An infection elsewhere can travel quickly to your new hip if not properly treated.