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Post-surgery care for hip replacement patients

For any surgery to be successful, proper care and follow-ups are needed. For patients who have hip replacement surgery, care is extremely crucial. Here are a few ways that can fasten the recovery post-surgery.

Physical Therapy

Regular exercise designed to restore strength and mobility of the hip is essential. For that matter, the patient needs to consult a physiotherapist that will help them to get up and walk with either a walker or crutches. They will assist in practicing to climb stairs and provide instructions for a safe home exercise program.

Caring for the Incision

Doctors usually remove the surgical bandage after a few days. If sutures or staples are done on the incision, then make sure to keep them clean and dry until they're removed after surgery. Use shower shields while in the shower that covers the incision so it doesn't get wet. In case of adhesive skin closures, it's safe to use soap and water over your incision when in shower. Avoid submerging the area in water until all the strips have fallen off and the incision is well healed.

Failing to keep the incision dry can result in:

  • Redness around the incision
  • Drainage from the incision
  • Flu-like symptoms, such as fever and chills 

Ways to reduce swelling

Blood circulation in the affected leg is poor after surgery, leading to a swollen calf and ankle. This can last for about 13 weeks on average that reduces with each passing week.

To reduce swelling and inflammation, find the best ice pack for hip replacement surgery. Also, patients are recommended to elevate the legs and knees above the level of your heart for four or five times a day for 15 to 20 minutes each time. Apply a cold pack to any sore or swollen areas for 15 to 20 minutes at least four or five times a day to get the best results. Even minimal walking can help bring down the swelling.

Ways to avoid blood clots

Keeping up with physical activity can reduce the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after the surgery. Try walking for short distances to improve blood circulation. Point and flex your ankles frequently while seated. Also, make sure to take prescribed blood-thinning medication like aspirin.

Where to find Ice wraps?

If you have someone suffering from any swelling or inflammation-related concerns, then buy ice wraps from Cool Relief. We offer high quality and affordable ice wraps, good for multiple uses.