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Health Tip: After Hip Replacement

Some tips to ease recovery

(HealthDay News) -- If you are contemplating hip replacement surgery, here are ways to make your recovery comfortable.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggest:

  • Set up a "recovery center" in your home, with the phone, television remote control, radio, facial tissues, wastebasket, pitcher and glass, reading materials and medications within reach.
  • Wear an apron, big-pocketed shirt or soft shoulder bag for carrying things around the house. This leaves hands and arms free for balance or to use crutches.
  • Place items you use regularly at arm's level so you don't have to reach up or bend down.
  • Rearrange furniture so you can maneuver with a walker or crutches. Consider a temporary change of rooms (make the living room your bedroom, for example) to avoid using stairs.
  • Get a good chair, one that is firm and has a higher-than-average seat.
  • Remove any throw or area rugs that could cause you to slip. Securely fasten electrical cords around the perimeter of the room.
  • Install a shower chair and gripping bar in the bathroom.
  • Use devices such as a long-handled shoehorn, a long-handled sponge and a grabbing tool or reacher to avoid bending too far. A footstool is useful for keeping the painful leg straight out in front of you when you sit.
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