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Avoid hip dislocations following hip surgery with these precautions. New surgical methods such as the direct anterior approach to total hip replacement, advanced technology, and improvements to hip implants have combined to reduce the number of hip dislocations following hip replacement surgery. The risk of dislocating the hip following surgery has not been entirely eliminated, however, therefore it is wise to take some precautions during your recovery from hip surgery.
These precautions focus on keeping your hip in a safe position while the soft tissues of the hip joint heal. You will want to avoid bending the hip back, turning your hip and leg out or spreading your leg outward.
In most cases, hip replacement patients are able to work with a physical therapist before having hip surgery performed and will continue for up to 3 months afterward, keeping precautions in place. Your orthopaedic surgeon will advise you as to when it is safe to extend your range of motion.
The direct anterior approach to hip replacement, which Dr. Zehr prefers for primary hip replacement, is far less restrictive and you may find that these precautions are unnecessary. Call the Zehr Center today at 239-596-0100 to discuss the benefits of the direct anterior approach to hip replacement.