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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.┬áDepending on your surgical approach, there may be some movement restrictions for you to follow after your surgery. These restrictions 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 or 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 surgical leg. Stand with your toes pointing straight ahead and take small steps when turning.

    Your physical therapist will help you understand any restrictions you may have and how long you will need to follow them.

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

    Sit up

    You may sit up straight, but do not lean forward past 90 degrees.


    Do not lean forward when you sit.

    Do not lean forward when you sit.


    Do not sit in low soft furniture.

    Do not sit on a low soft chair, sofa or on a stool.


    Do not cross your legs.

    Do not cross your legs.


    Do not twist your hips.

    Do not twist your hips.


    Do not bend your hip more than 90 degrees.

    Do not bend your hip past 90 degrees.