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Forum Name: Joint surgery

Question: Hip Replacement Recovery

 Dan Gu - Fri Mar 11, 2005 10:11 am


My mother (75years old) had a hip replacement operation last november. She is not recovering at a healthy pace. She still uses the crutches and is very nervous about falling which is making her life difficult. She only goes for very short walks and thats on a good day. it seems she hadn't fully understood what the surgery entailed and is now very down and lacking motivation for the road to recovery. i would be delighted with any help or tips you could provide.

dan GU
 Theresa Jones, RN - Sat Mar 12, 2005 5:26 am

User avatar Hi Dan Gu,
Did she receive any physical therapy after her hip replacement? A walker may be much more useful than crutches (which by the way crutches at that age may be relatively dangerous in itself). Is she experiencing pain when bearing weight? If she is then she needs re-evaluated to rule out any complications. Now if she isn't, activity and exercise must be done as a regular routine to regain the use and mobility of joints and muscles. As strengthening and mobility increases she should gradually increase the weight that she puts on her leg. Remove any throw rugs or clutter from traffic paths. Rearrange the most used areas to allow xtra room for easier accessibility. Doing these simple measures and using a walker verses crutches should decrease her fear of falling. Encourage her that by doing regular strengthening exercises it will enhance her recovery time. Generally speaking recovery time is 6-8 weeks. Again if she is experiencing any unusual pain, swelling, etc. call the physician so a re-evaluation can be completed.

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