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Hip Replacement Surgery

Tips to help you recover

(HealthDayNews) -- If you've recently had hip replacement surgery, learning to live with your new hip can take some time.

The University of Virginia Health System offers these tips:

  • Use pain or discomfort as your movement guide, and avoid positions that give you discomfort.
  • Do not use your hand, your strong leg, or anything else to force movement in your hip.
  • Lie down and elevate your legs if they swell after walking.
  • Don't cross your legs or ankles.
  • Don't bend forward or lift your knee higher than your hip.
  • Use firm chairs with arms. Avoid sofas and recliners.
  • Use two or more pillows between your legs at night for six weeks.

Call your doctor immediately if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Redness, swelling or drainage around or from the incision site.
  • An unexplained fever that lasts for more than a day.
  • Severe pain that's not relieved by your pain medication.
  • Unusual shortening or rotation of your leg.
  • Sudden swelling in your thigh or calf.
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