Tips for Keeping Safe After Hip Surgery | South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital

Welcome to South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital. Falls and accidents can happen to anyone, and patients who have been hospitalized, weak,
and had recent surgeries are at greater risk. To promote safety in the home, make sure that
you have proper lighting, remove clutter near your rugs, secure your pets and install hand
rails on stairs. Remember to keep the floor dry to prevent slipping, especially when in
the bathroom. Please pay attention to the following video on how to keep safe after hip surgery. Using Stairs and Steps You may be faced with obstacles out in the community. During your inpatient rehabilitation stay, your therapist will prepare you to handle
just about any challenge that may arise. It’s not uncommon for people to use equipment for
walking assistance immediately after hip surgery. You may be issued a walker to aid in dealing with obstacles. For your safety and balance, remember to remain close to your walker at all times. After an operation your physician may issue you hip precautions to follow, so there may be positions and movements that should be avoided. When going up stairs you
may want to lead with your stronger leg, but when stepping down, use your operated leg. Chair to Bed Transfers When approaching your bed you want to stand with your back to the bed, then back up until the back of your good knee touches the bed. You will bring you operated
leg forward. Remember to move your body as one, and do not twist. Your therapist may issue you a leg lifter to help get your operated leg onto the bed. Now keep your walker within
easy reach of your bed. Car Transfers You may want to have the seat as far back as it
will go. You’ll want to keep your hips above your knees ,especially if the seat is low. Stand with your back to the car, feel with the back of your other knee and sit, but watch your head. Now you may lift your legs one at a time. Install grab bars in your shower
or tub for support as you get in and out. With your walker, back up until you feel the
tub bench behind you. Reach back for the bench first with one hand, then the other, and then
you may sit down. Using a Hip Kit. To protect your hip you must learn safe ways to do the daily tasks, this includes getting dressed and undressed. You must continue to follow
your hip precautions according to your surgery. You may have been issued a hip kit package with tools to help manage getting dressed by your therapist. You may use long-handled
equipment to remove and retrieve your socks. As demonstrated by our therapist, you can
pull the sock onto the sock-aid. Next, you can hold the sock on the front of your operated
side, slip your foot into the sock, and pull the sock-aid back towards you. Just because
you had an operation on one leg, you may be able to put the other sock on with a sock
aid or bring your foot towards you. You can also choose to slip the sock on with your
other hand. We hope you found this video informative. We are happy to be your choice as part of
your recovery, and we look forward to proudly serving you here at South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital
in Brownsville, Texas.

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