Tuesday, 6 October 2015 2:00:00 PM Australia/Melbourne

Following surgery, it is important to speed recovery by protecting the new joint. Always follow the advice of your doctor, occupational therapist or other health professional and avoid activities that cause excessive joint movement.

Hip or knee replacement surgery is becoming increasingly common for many Australians. These procedures typically lead to a significant improvement in mobility and comfort.

After undergoing surgery, you can expect to return to a similar lifestyle and resume most activities, however you may have to change how you do them. For example, you may need to learn new ways to safely bend or sit.

To help during your recovery and beyond, we have gathered a selection of products to aid basic daily tasks and improve living conditions for anyone recovering from joint surgery.

Some tips for easier living
These tips are provided as a guide - precautions will vary depending on the approach of your orthopaedic surgeon so always follow the advice of your doctor or heathcare professional. Here are some of the most common precautions designed to help to prevent the new joint from dislocating and ensure proper healing:

  • Avoid crossing your legs at the knees for at least 8 weeks after surgery
  • Avoid bringing your knee up higher than your hip
  • Avoid leaning forward while sitting or as you sit down
  • Avoid trying to pick up something on the floor while you are sitting
  • Avoid turning your feet excessively inward or outward when you bend down
  • Avoid reaching down to pull up blankets when lying in bed
  • Avoid bending at the waist beyond 90 degrees
  • Avoid standing pigeon-toed
  • Avoid kneeling on the knee of the unoperated leg (the good side)
  • Do not use pain as a guide for what you may or may not do
  • Keep the affected leg facing forward and in front as you sit or stand
  • Do cut back on your exercises if your muscles begin to ache, but don't stop doing them!
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