Frequently Asked Questions
Please don’t be alarmed by the number of diseases that can cause miscarriages or other prenatal complications…I felt it was important to be as comprehensive as possible. Most are very uncommon and/or easy to avoid with a few simple precautions. When you are pregnant part of your immune system weakens (perhaps to prevent your body from rejecting something “foreign” like a fetus?) and thus you can become more susceptible to diseases that normally wouldn’t make you sick. Additionally, some microbes (bacteria, viruses or parasites) can pass across the placental barrier, thus infecting the fetus.
- Using Crutches / Walking : Keep in mind that you are supposed to bear the weight on your hands , and not on your underarms. Push down the handgrips as you step up on your crutches. Put the same amount of weight on your operated hip as you were told while in the hospital.
- Using Chair / Sitting : After Hip Replacement , we don’t allow patients to sit on a low stool or chair, as the position can lead to dislocation of the joint. When getting up scoot forward in the chair, keeping your hip in a 70 degree position always. And remember – Never cross the legs !
- Using Toilet : Remember that you need to use raised toilet seat – Western style toilet commode always ! Also fitting armrests on both sides of commode seat is useful when sitting and getting up.
- Using Bathroom : Use a secure stool for bath that will not wobble when you are seated. Again it must not be too low in height ; about knee height minimum
- Sleeping position : Sleeping on the side where you are operated is advisable. Keep a large size pillow between the legs when sleeping on sides. Also pillow between the legs is advisable when lying on your back.
- Using car : Enter rear seat such that when you step out , your operated side moves out first , using your walking stick or crutches.
DO NOT massage on the part ! Try to avoid movement at a possibly fractured limb by applying to it anything available around to splint the limb . Keep the leg / arm elevated to avoid increase in swelling by using sling around the neck for arm and resting leg on two pillows.
Your new Hip joint will allow you to get back to your professional & private activities again apart from allowing you to restart your routine activities of daily living (ADLs) i.e. moving about in home and bathing & toilet activities with more ease than before. However certain precautions you need to take of your new joint to prevent the joint from loosening or even dislocating as the new hip is relatively unprotected until the muscles shield it against inadvertent and untoward movements.