Published: July 26, 2007
Updated: Oct. 27, 2011
You will be seen by an occupational therapist who will instruct you how to safely perform activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and bed mobility.
The occupational therapist will inform you about precautions you should take for the first six to eight weeks following hip surgery. These precautions are designed to protect your new hip and speed recovery.
During this recovery period, you will need to use a long-handled devices for activities of daily living or have a friend or family member act as your assistant.
Download the Occupational Therapy following Total Hip Replacement handout (PDF, 1.6 MB)
It may be necessary for you to follow some of the limitations listed below while you are recovering from hip surgery.
Your specific precautions will be determined by your physician based on your individual situation and the surgical approach your doctor took.
Download the Occupational Therapy Posterior Approach Hip Precautions handout (PDF, 442 KB)
Download the Occupational Therapy Anterior Approach Hip Precautions handout (PDF, 217 KB)
We understand that not everyone has an assistant to help them with everyday activities. To remain independent with your self care, you may need to use one of the following devices:
If you have difficulty holding onto the handle of the reacher, you may use the dressing stick instead. Elastic shoelaces may be used to modify tied shoes into slip-on shoes.
Please purchase the reacher, sock aid, leg lifter, and long-handled sponge before admission and bring them with you to the hospital. These items can be purchased from a medical supply store or ordered from an ADL catalogue. Insurance may not cover these smaller items.
During your stay, the occupational therapist will teach you how to use the devices. If you have any questions, call the Duke Occupational Therapy Office at 919-681-2030 to speak with an occupational therapist.
Do not purchase a walker or commode before coming to the hospital -- these items will be obtained for you.
Duke Orthopaedics offers occupational therapy programs at locations throughout North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill.