Hip Replacement

Frequently Asked Questions

11. What can I do to reduce my risk of complications?

There are many things you can do to reduce your risk of complications. To reduce the risk of dislocating your new joint, you should avoid positions such as pulling your knees up to your chest, crossing your legs, or bending your hips farther than a right angle. To reduce the risk of blood clots, your doctor may have you wear support hose, take blood thinners, and/or do special exercises.

It’s also important that you recognize the signs of potential problems early and contact your doctor. For example, tenderness, redness and swelling of your calf, or swelling of your thigh, calf, or foot could be warning signs of a possible blood clot. Fever, chills, tenderness and swelling, or drainage of the wound could signal infection.

It is important to get instructions from your doctor before leaving the hospital and follow them carefully once you get home. Doing so will you give you the greatest chance of a successful surgery.