Published on September 03, 2012

Planning hip surgery

Advice for a healthy recovery

When you return home from hip repair or replacement surgery, your doctor’s ‘to do’ list can keep you quite busy. A safe recovery will mean reaching out for extra help, says Deborah Ludwig, PT, manager of Therapy Services at Mercy Home Health.

“It’s very important to have someone in your home to help you adapt after hip surgery,” says Ludwig, who has 20 years of experience as a physical therapist. “To stay safe, you will need assistance with daily activities such as grocery shopping, showering and transportation to doctor’s appointments. This added support can increase the safety of your transition from hospital to home.”

Ludwig’s tips for a safe transition back home:

  • Remove fall hazards in the home (any obstacle to walking, such as throw rugs).
  • Don’t skip your prescribed daily exercises. They help you to regain your strength and can advance the healing process.
  • Use your prescribed assistive device for walking.
  • Follow your doctor’s weight bearing and other medical restrictions carefully.
  • Use the adaptive equipment (such as a long-handled sponge for bathing) that your therapist gives you. This helps make your daily activities safer.
  • Get plenty of rest. Don’t try to do too much.

Recovery Team

Mercy Home Health’s in-home physical and occupational therapists can help you regain optimal strength, balance, gait and independence in your activities of daily living following hip surgery. To find out more, call 1.888.690.2551.