During your hospital stay, you may need to use some special equipment to help speed your recovery.
The abductor pillow is a triangle-shaped pillow that is strapped in place between your legs to help prevent hip dislocation.
Cold therapy on your incision will help reduce swelling and pain. The most common types of cold therapy are an ice bag or gel pack. You will be given cold therapy equipment before you leave the hospital.
Graduated compression stockings stockings (white elastic socks) reduce the chance of blood clots forming in your legs after surgery. Because you are not active after surgery, the blood flow to your legs and feet is reduced. This slower blood circulation can cause blood clots to form.
The stockings prevent the blood flow from slowing down. Follow your surgeon's instructions for wearing compression stockings.
The incentive spirometer is a breathing aid that helps keep your lungs healthy after surgery. Use it along with your deep breathing and coughing exercises.
A SCD machine may be used to increase circulation and help prevent blood clots. Your surgeon may send this machine home with you to use for a prescribed number of days.
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