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Restrictions to follow after hip replacement surgery

Your hip replacement surgery should decrease discomfort and pain and help you return to doing activities you have not been able to do. However, right after there are some activity restrictions that you must follow. They include:

  • Do not lean forward when you are sitting. You are not to bend your hip more than a 90-degree angle when you are sitting (or standing).
  • Do not sit on a low, soft chair, sofa, stool, or in a rocking chair/glider. Sit on high-level firm chairs with arm rests so your hips are higher than your knees when you are seated.
  • Do not cross your legs at the knees or ankles. Keep your legs slightly apart.
  • Do not twist on your involved leg. Stand with your toes pointing straight ahead and take small steps when turning.

Following these restrictions will help the healing process and reduce the chance of dislocating your new hip during the recovery period.

You may sit up straight, but do not lean forward past 90 degrees.Do not lean forward when you sit.Do not sit on a low soft chair, sofa or on a stool.
Do not cross your legs.Do not twist your hips.Do not bend your hip more than 90 degrees.

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Source: Allina Patient Education, Total Hip Replacement, third edition, ortho-ahc-90139

First published: 10/01/2000
Last updated: 03/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Patient Education experts