Health & Wellness Resources
Post-Surgery Total Joint Replacement Guidelines
- Use your walker, cane or crutches until your physician advises otherwise.
- Maintain and increase movement in the joint as directed by your physician.
- When using stairs:
Going up—use your stronger leg first, then the leg which had surgery.
Going down—use the leg which had surgery first, then the stronger leg.
- Do no cross your legs or ankles.
- Take a shower instead of a bath.
Total Knee Replacement
- Take small steps to turn your body.
- Use a flat pillow or rolled towel under your ankle when resting.
- Get up slowly and with assistance at the beginning.
- Do not twist your knee.
- Avoid sitting for long periods of time.
- Do not lift heavy objects.
- Do not kneel on the new knee.
Total Hip Replacement
- Walk with your feet a comfortable width apart, keeping your toes forward.
- Sleep on your back with a pillow between your knees, or on the side which has not had surgery with a pillow between your knees.
- Use a raised toilet seat.
- Do not raise your knees higher than your hips.
- Do not pivot (twist) the leg that had surgery.
- Do not sit on low chairs, couches, stools, rocking chairs, chairs with casters or low toilets.
- Do not sit in cars with bucket seats.
- Do not stand with your toes turned in.
- Do not bend over far.
- Follow exercises as instructed.
- Do the exercises on a firm surface such as the floor or a bed with a bed board.