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					Total Hip Arthroplasty

Standard Protocol:

1. Assess resident within 1-3 days of entering Victoria Place Retirement Residence

2. Weight bearing status noted from physician referral

3. Education on restrictions and precautions, information sheets provided to resident

        Do not cross your legs at the knees
        Do not twist your body at the waist
        Do not turn operative foot inward
        Do not flex your hip greater than 90°
        Do not bend at the waist
        Minimize lifting to no more than 20 pounds in the first three months and 40 pounds
         thereafter
        Keep pillows between legs when sleeping
        Sit only 30-45 minutes at a time
        May ride in a car, stopping every 30 minutes to get out and stretch for 5 - 10
         minutes
        May sleep on operative side two weeks after surgery with a pillow between your
         legs

Please note the following equipment may be beneficial to improving and maximizing
activities of daily living during recovery:

        Crutches or walker – possibly both
        Cane
        Raised commode
        Shower/tub chair
        Extended shoe horn
        Long handled grabber
        Hip chair (an elevated chair to help prevent bending greater than 90 degrees at the
          hip joint)
        Sock aide (to assist in putting on socks)
        Elastic shoe laces (to avoid bending down to tie your shoes)
        Long-handled sponge for bathing
        TED stockings may be prescribed by the physician (worn during the day and
          removed at night for 2 weeks post-surgery or until swelling is gone)
4. Initial Physiotherapy Assessment
       Measure hip range of motion, strength, balance, mobility with transfers and
        ambulation (noting hip precautions)
       Assess chest as necessary
       Check Homan’s sign and observe the leg for signs of DVT

5. Physiotherapy Treatment
       Provided daily by rehab assistant and assessed and re-assessed by physiotherapist
        once each week for approximately 6 weeks (will vary with each individual’s
        recovery process)
       Foot and ankle pumping when lying in bed
       Education on positioning, transfers, ambulation with aids, and restrictions
       Progress ambulation as tolerated, and practice stairs where appropriate
       Active or active assisted lower extremity strengthening exercises – in standing as
        tolerated (hip extension, abduction, and flexion (with leg extended outward); sitting
        with theraband for strengthening (hip abduction), quads exercises; and lying (quads,
        hip abduction and extension)
       Home exercises to be prescribed by the physiotherapist for the other days of the
        week
       Pain management as required to decrease pain and swelling

Restrictions:
Posterior Approach
No flexion greater than 90 degrees, no internal rotation or adduction beyond neutral

Lateral Approach
As above, including no external rotation past neutral and no active abduction exercises for 6
weeks post THA (Functional abduction for ambulation and transfers in/out of bed is allowed)

Greater Trochanter Detached
Passive abduction only, unless otherwise ordered by the surgeon

Staff and Physiotherapist to Watch for Adverse Signs and Symptoms:
 Deep Vein Thrombosis                Pulmonary Embolism             Excessive Bleeding

 Increasing leg pain                 Shortness of breath            Excessive bleeding after shaving

 Swelling that does not decrease     Chest pain that may be worse   Bleeding from the gums
 with leg elevation                  with deep breaths

 Enlargement of the veins near the   Coughing up blood              Black or red stool
 skin surface

 Reddish skin color                  Rapid heart beat

 Skin that is warm to the touch      Feeling faint

The physician should be notified immediately if any resident experiences these symptoms.
Total Hip Replacement Recovery
Activities of Daily Living: Do's and Don'ts
Your new hip is designed to eliminate pain and increase function. There are certain
movements that place undue stress on your new hip. For your safety, these should be
avoided. This is especially true during the first few months after your surgery.
DO NOT move your operated hip toward your chest (flexion) any more than a right angle.
This is 90 degrees.




DO NOT sit on chairs without arms.




DO grasp chair arms to help you rise safely to standing position. Place extra pillow(s) or
cushion(s) in your chair so that you do not bend your hip more than 90 degrees.
DO NOT get up like this. Keep your involved leg in front while getting up.




DO use a chair with arms. Place your operated leg in front and your uninvolved leg well
under.
DO NOT sit low on toilet or chair.




DO get up from toilet as directed by your therapist. Use the elevated toilet seat if we have
given you one.
DO NOT pull blankets up like this.




DO use a long-handled reacher to pull up sheets or blankets or as directed by therapist.
DO NOT bend way over.




DO NOT turn your knee cap inward when sitting, standing, or lying down.




DO NOT try to put on your own shoes or stockings in the usual way. By doing this
improperly you could bend or cross your operated leg too far.
DO these activities as directed by your therapist.
DO NOT cross your operated leg across the midline of your body (in toward your other leg).




DO NOT lie without pillow between legs.




DO keep a pillow between your legs when you roll onto your "good" side. This is to keep
your operated leg from crossing the midline.

Activity
             Continue to walk with crutches or a walker as directed by the doctor or
              physiotherapist
             Your physician will determine how much weight you can place on your operated
              leg
             Walking is one of the better forms of physical therapy and for muscle
              strengthening
             However, walking does not replace the exercise program which you are taught in
              the hospital. The success of the operation depends to a great extent on how well
              you do the exercises and strengthen weakened muscles
             If excess muscle aching occurs, you should cut back on your exercises as directed
              by the physiotherapist

Sitting
Avoid sitting more than 60 minutes at a time. DO NOT cross your legs. In fact, keep your
knees 12 to 18 inches apart. Always sit in a chair with arms. The arms provide leverage to
push yourself up to the standing position. A high kitchen or bar-type stool works well for
kitchen activities. Avoid low chairs and overstuffed furniture because they require too much
bending (flexion) in your hip in order to get up. Do not bend forward while sitting in a chair,
causing more than a 90 degree bend in your hip. Use the toilet seat riser for the next eight
weeks to avoid excessive bending of the hips.
Bending
For the first eight weeks, you should not bend over to pick up things from the floor. You may
want to acquire a pair of slip-on shoes and a long-handled shoe horn to avoid excessive
bending.

Your incision
Keep the incision clean and dry. Also, upon returning home, be alert for certain warning
signs. If any swelling, increased pain, drainage from the incision site, redness around the
incision, or fever is noticed, report this immediately to the doctor. Generally, the staples are
removed in three weeks.

Prevention of infection
If at any time (even years after the surgery) an infection develops such as strep throat or
pneumonia, notify your physician. Antibiotics should be administered promptly to prevent
the occasional complication of distant infection localizing in the hip area. This also applies if
any teeth are pulled or dental work is performed. Inform the general physician or dentist that
you have had a joint replacement, then antibiotics that are needed during dental or oral
surgery, or if a bacterial infection develops can be provided.

When Do I return to the Hospital for follow-up with the surgeon?
Your first return appointment is 6 weeks after discharge, unless you return here to have your
staples removed. (You may wish to have your staples removed by your local doctor.) At your
6 week return you will be examined and have x-rays. Subsequent appointments are then at 6
months, one year, and two years after surgery.

				
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