Having a hip replacement or other major hip
surgery is a big event in anyone’s life. It may seem daunting at first but with a bit
of work, recovery can be swift. It all begins with preparation. In the weeks
ahead of your operation you should begin a series of simple exercises to build strength
in your hip. These are the same exercises you’ll do at the initially stages of recovery.
So it’s a good idea to get used to them and form a routine before surgery. They’ll suit
most patients but check with your surgeon or physiotherapist first. Standing hip abduction.
Stand straight beside a steady object like a table or chair and use the object to maintain
your balance. Move your operated leg out to the side without lifting your pelvis and keep
your toes pointed forward. Return your foot to the floor and repeat 10 times, 3 times
a day. Hip extension.
Whilst standing face a steady object like the back of a chair or a bench and take hold
of it to maintain your balance. Gentle lift you leg up behind you, keeping both your leg
and back straight and looking directly ahead of you. Don’t worry about how far it goes,
just make sure that you’re comfortable. Return your foot to the floor and repeat 10 times,
3 times a day. Standing calf raise.
Stand in front of wall or table and hold on to keep your balance. Go up and down slowly
on your tip toes 10 times, 3 times a day. Hip flexion.
Raise your knee to the level of your hip, forming a 90 degree angle or as close to it
as you can manage comfortably. Drop your knee and lower your foot to the floor. Repeat 10
times, 3 times a day. Don’t raise your hip above 90 degrees until your physiotherapist
or surgeon tell you otherwise. In the days following your operation it’s
important to rest, but your recover depends on gradually increasing your activity every
day. Your physio will help you decide when the time is right to set aside your walking
aid. Most patients are free of all aids within 6 weeks. Alongside your exercises you should also begin
taking small walks and gradually build up the distance when your physio says you’re
ready. There’s no rush, do only what you feel you can manage. Your rate of recovery depends on your own
circumstances but your physiotherapist will help you to set goals and stay on track. So
you can get back on your feet faster.