Hip or knee surgery - getting your home ready
You have had hip or knee joint surgery. You will need to be careful not to dislocate your new joint. This is especially important in the first few months after surgery. You will need to learn exercises that make your new hip or knee stronger.
Over time, you should be able to return to your former level of activity. You will need to avoid some sports, such as downhill skiing or contact sports like football and soccer. But you should be able to do low impact activities, such as hiking, gardening, swimming, playing tennis, and golfing.
Before you go to the hospital for surgery, set up your home so you can get around easily when you come back:
Have a bed that is low enough so that your feet touch the floor when you sit on the edge of the bed. You will not need a hospital bed, but your mattress should be firm.
Keep tripping hazards out of your home.
You may need help bathing, using the toilet, cooking, running errands and shopping, going to your doctor's office, and exercising. If you do not have someone to help you at home for the first 1 or 2 weeks, ask your doctor or nurse about having a trained caregiver come to your home to help you. This person can also check the safety of your home and help you with your daily activities.
You will need this special equipment for taking care of yourself:
Ask your doctor about exercises you can do to build up your muscles before surgery. This will help you recover from surgery faster.
Practice using a cane, walker, crutches, or a wheelchair. It is especially important to practice the correct ways to:
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