Sleeping On The Side After Total Hip Replacement

Sleeping On The Side After Total Hip Replacement

Hip surgery is not a delicate surgery. It is more like carpentry, but it is a skilled job. If the old hip is causing problem and pain it is being replaced by a combination of metal, ceramic and polythene.

It is a common surgical procedure since it was first performed in England in 1962. There are around 125,000 hip replacements conducted in year in United States with a success rate of 96 percent.

Hip replacements are more common in old women. Bones tend to get brittle with age and women generally have a longer lifespan than men. Nearly 70 percent hip replacements are done on people who are above 65 years of age. The need for Hip replacement arises due to wear and tear of the hip. There are other reasons such as lack of blood supply, fractures and other injuries. There can also be childhood conditions of hip dislocation.

In most cases the surgeons will do their best to keep the total hip replacement as the last resort. The expected life span of an artificial hip is 12 to 15 years. So if the person is below 50 years of age, it is all the more frustrating because he fully knows that one hip replacement surgery won’t do for him. He will have go over it again at a later stage in his life.

Hence, it is very much necessary to avoid dislocation of the new hip by following precautions after surgery. Some movements and positions can put too much strain on the new hip and can cause the ball to slip from its socket. As part of the precautions, the patient is advised not to do the following.

  • Crossing of the legs
  • Sit in low chairs or sofas including toilet seat
  • Lean toward non operated side
  • Sit in tub
  • Bending of the hip more than 90 degrees

         After the hip replacement surgery, a pillow is placed between the patient’s legs to keep the hip in place. This is to avoid the patient from causing dislocation of his hip. For the first few days after the surgery, the pillow has to be kept in place whenever the patient is in bed irrespective of whether he is sleeping on his back or side. For sleeping on the side, the pillow is required to be kept between the legs. This is to prevent the hip from rotating inward or crossing the midline of the body. The patient may find it comfortable to lie on the non-operated side.

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