Use walker/cane for support: A walker or cane helps ensure that a person does not fall or dislocate or damage the new hip. The people around you are also careful while walking by a person using a cane or walker. It signals to be cautious. Hence strangers in public places are generally less likely to bump, jostle or startle a person using a cane or walker. This reduces dependency of leaning on other member of family or friends while walking. Over the time dependency on cane and walker decreases.
Make goals with physiotherapist: A physiotherapist is a friend in need and helps a patient achieve certain rehabilitation goals. A physiotherapist can help with improving the restricted movements after surgery. The therapist will lead you to become active and help achieve earlier strength and stamina. Patients who attend their physical therapy appointments and do their prescribed exercises tend to recover more quickly and have much better outcomes.
Obey movement restriction: After the surgery happens, it comes with a lot of restrictions like bending movement. Do not cross your legs while sitting, do not lift legs to put on socks and much more. These movement restrictions protect the new hip from dislocation. After surgery with new hip, chances of dislocation increases. Hip dislocation is very painful and causes potentially serious problems than can lead you to have a second surgery.
Avoid getting infection: Infection occurs with an open cut. Try avoiding it by exposing your wound of surgery to water. While bathing wrap a plastic bag to protect the dressing or opt for a sponge bath for few days until the wound becomes dry. Complete the course of antibiotics prescribed by your surgeon. In case of pain or discolouration at wound site contact your physician immediately.
Treat prolonged pain: Hip surgeries are major and complicated surgery. It can keep you immobile for weeks and with proper rest come adequate sleep. The incision area can also cause swelling and pain. Use an OTC painkiller for a peaceful sleep and better healing and rest. Hot heating pads or cold compression can be used for soothing effect and reducing the pain.