After traditional hip replacement surgery, you would be instructed to follow Hip Precautions to prevent your new hip from dislocating. These guidelines are very restrictive and include no bending or flexing the hip past 90 degrees, no crossing of legs, use a pillow between the legs when sleeping, and use an elevated toilet seat.
With the anterior approach, you will not have to follow standard hip precautions.
Your doctor will however give you instructions to be followed at home for a faster recovery. These include:
- Take medications as prescribed to relieve pain and prevent infection
- Participate in physical therapy to restore hip function and strength
- Eat a healthy diet and do not smoke to facilitate healing and promote a faster recovery.
- Contact your doctor if you observe increasing swelling or redness in the operated area.