Hip Precautions

There are some restrictions on the movement of your leg after a hip replacement. These hip precautions are drummed into you by every nurse at the hospital and every nurse from the visiting nurse association. They are:

Do not bend your new hip more than 90 degrees.

Do not cross your leg over the centerline of your body.

Do not turn your toe in.

Unlike your natural hip ball and socket, your new ball and socket don’t have any tendons or cartilage holding things together. Only your muscles, which have just been traumatized  will hold your new hip’s ball into your new socket. These precautions are intended to make sure the new ball doesn’t pop out of your new socket. Dr. Tomford wants me to adhere to these precautions for three months.