Finding Comfort and Function After Hip Surgery

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We have previously touched on surgery recovery and the equipment we provide to help. One of the key surgeries we focus on is hip surgery. Why?

The Mayo Clinic found the number of hip surgeries doubled from 2000 to 2010. Not only that, but younger people are requiring hip surgery, meaning they, along with the aging baby boomer population, require the equipment and medical knowledge to know how to approach their recovery.

One of the best pieces of equipment for that is a hip chair. One of our past blog posts does a great job of detailing what a hip chair is and what the benefits of using one are. Here is a quick recap:

  • Recent hip surgery recipients shouldn’t bend at the hip or strain it in order for it to heal correctly.
  • Lower chairs force the hip to bend at greater than 90 degrees, which is not good for hips that have been recently operated on.
  • Hip chairs are higher, meaning less bending and straining when sitting and standing up.

There are also a number of other items that can be used post-hip surgery to reduce strain while still maintaining independence.

  • Seat Lift Chair– available in two, three or infinite-position models, seat lift chairs take the strain out of sitting down and standing.
  • Reacher  a reacher allows you to get to items that would normally be out of reach without hurting yourself while promoting independence.
  • Flexible Sock Aid relieve the stress on your hip and keep from bending over while putting your socks on by yourself. Simply slip your sock over the end of the aid, place your foot inside and pull up to don your socks without straining your hip.
  • Hip Surgery Cushion- designed with high-density foam, this cushion provides more comfort by taking pressure off your hip when sitting in any kind of chair. It also features a travel strap for easy transportation wherever you go. The added height the cushion provides to any seat means less bending and straining.
  • Raised Toilet Seat- take the danger and pain out of using the bathroom during your recovery. The elevated seat creates less bending and stress on your hip and allows you to expend less effort on sitting down and standing up.
  • Bath seat- stay safe and secure in the shower by sitting down instead of trying to do a balancing act on the slick shower floor.
  • Walker- a walker offers much-needed support and stability as you try to be more active in your recovery. There is very little risk for strain since you control the distance covered with each step
  • Canes from standard and heavy duty canes to tri-canes and quad canes, these provide additional support and stability as you move around after your surgery.
  • 7-Piece Hip Kit this kit provides you with a few previously mentioned items along with a long-handle sponge for easier bathing, 24” shoehorn, 27” dressing stick, and two pairs of 24” elastic shoelaces, one in black and one in white.

The last thing you want after a surgery is to end up back in the hospital because of straining your repaired hip. Using the above items from Homepro Medical Supplies will help you avoid overexertion.

Go to our hip chair rental page to rent your hip chair and find pricing on accessories that will provide more comfort and independence after your hip surgery.

Be Prepared: 11 Ways We can Help with Your Hip Surgery Recovery

Learn how Homepro Medical Supplies can help you recover from  hip surgery.

When it comes to mottos to live your life by, the Boy Scouts of America got it right with “Be Prepared.” This motto is definitely applicable to those facing surgery, specifically hip surgery. As we detailed in our previous blog post, there are numerous pre- and post-op items to be aware of.

In today’s post, we’re going over the medical equipment available from Homepro Medical Supplies that can help reduce pain, promote independence and ensure your body heals correctly after your hip surgery.

Physical Limitations of Post-Hip Surgery Patients

Those who have recently had hip replacement surgery face a certain set of physical limitations in order to ensure their body recovers and repairs itself correctly.

Most importantly, the ability to bend at the hip is restricted, and should be in order for the hip to heal correctly. Hip replacement patients shouldn’t bend their hip more than at a 90-degree angle, as this puts more stress on the joint. The more stress put on the joint, the harder it is for the body to heal.

Hip replacement patients also face balance and unsteadiness when moving around. This is most likely from the physical impact of the surgery, but can also be a side effect of medications being taken for pain, blood clots or other issues associated with the surgery. 

How a Hip Chair can Help

Hip chairs focus on reducing the amount of hip flexion necessary for sitting down and standing up. They are elevated in order to eliminate the need to flex the hip when getting up or down. The addition of a low back, armrests and footrests requires less force to be used to sit or stand, which in turn translates into less stress on the hip joint.

This differs from traditional low chairs or couches. When you are sitting in one of these seats and want to stand, what do you do? You lean forward. However, this is exactly what you don’t want if you have just had hip replacement surgery. By leaning forward, you reduce the angle and force your hips to “pull” you out of a seated position. This can result in the newly implanted hip being pulled out of the socket.

This makes hip chairs an essential piece of medical equipment for those who have just had hip surgery. There are also a few accessories that can help in your recovery as well.

Additional Equipment that can Make Your Recovery Easier

Mobility, flexibility and balance are huge hurdles hip surgery patients have to get over. Luckily, Homepro Medical Supplies offers numerous items to help recovery from surgery be more efficient and less painful.

  • Reacherthe last thing you want to do is strain your hip in any way. A reacher allows you to get to items that would normally be out of reach without hurting yourself while promoting independence.
  • Flexible Sock Aidrelieve the stress on your hip and keep from bending over while putting your socks on by yourself.
  • Hip Surgery Cushion- designed with high density foam, it provides more comfort by taking pressure off of your hip when sitting in any kind of chair. It also features a travel strap for easy transportation wherever you go.
  • Raised Toilet Seat- take the danger and pain out of using the bathroom during your recovery. The elevated seat creates less stress on your hip and allows you to expend less effort on sitting and standing.
  • Bath seat- stay safe and secure in the shower by sitting down instead of trying to do a balancing act on the slick shower floor
  • Walker- a walker offers much needed support and stability as you try to be more active in your recovery.
  • Canes from standard and heavy duty canes to tri-canes and quad canes, these provide additional support and stability as you move around.
  • Handheld showersa handheld shower saves you from all the moving and turning while on the slick surface of your shower, making it safer.
  • Grab bar- you can never have too much support when recovering from hip surgery, and grab bars offer a secure place to steady yourself. 

We also offer a 7-Piece Hip Kit Set that includes a reacher, long handle bath sponge, 24” shoehorn, sock aid, dressing stick, and 2 pairs of elastic shoelaces.

Regardless of how little or much help you need in your recovery from hip replacement, there is medical equipment that can help. Visit the Hip Chair Rental page on our website to see about renting a hip chair for your recovery and learn more about the additional supplies that can help you in your recovery.

Having Hip Surgery? Here’s 8 Things You Need to Know

Try these tips if you are having hip surgery soon

Americans are hard on their hips, and the data definitely backs that statement up. With over 332,000 total hip replacements occurring in 2010 (the last year data from the CDC was available) and with that number expected to grow as the American population continues to age, knowing the best practices for pre- and post-hip replacement will be more beneficial.

This month, Homepro Medical Supplies is taking a two-pronged approach to making this information well known. In our two-part blog series in this month, we’ll examine the pre- and post-op considerations for those facing hip replacement, as well as the specific equipment and accessories that help make recovery from hip surgery smoother and less painful.

Let’s take a look at what you need to know if you have recently scheduled or will be scheduling a hip replacement surgery. 

Before Your Hip Surgery

While scheduling your surgery is definitely the most important thing when needing a hip replacement, there are a few smaller but equally important tasks you need to take care of:

  1. Be sure you schedule and attend any additional appointments with your doctor for drawing blood or other pre-surgery tests.
  2. You will also want to start preparing your home for when you come back after your surgery. This includes moving or removing furniture to increase the width of walkways and paths throughout your home to prevent bumping or tripping, both of which are painful for hips that have been recently operated on.
  3. Get your support team assembled if you need one. Make sure you have someone who can pick you up from the hospital after your surgery, as well as someone to be with you during various parts of the day if needed.
  4. You should also consider, with approval from your doctor, doing pre-surgery hip exercises to help strengthen your hip and improve flexibility.

After Your Hip Surgery

The average recovery time for hip replacement surgery is about six months, so it’s important to understand the precautions and concerns you will be facing before you have the surgery done.

Pain, the incision site, your temperature and swelling are four of the main things you will need to keep under observation

  • Pain is normal after any surgical procedure, and commonly increases as you become more active in your rehab. Severe, sharp pain that is constant may signal a complication, so don’t hesitate to call your doctor’s office if this occurs.
  • The incision site needs to be kept as dry as possible until after the staples are removed. Any unusual redness, swelling or draining from the wound is cause to contact your doctor’s office.
  • A slightly elevated temperature is nothing unusual in the first few days after surgery. However, if the fever persists over 101 degrees Fahrenheit and is accompanied by chills, sweats or increased pain or drainage at the incision site, you need to get in touch with your doctor.
  • Normal swelling in the operative leg is reduced in the morning, but gradually increases throughout the day. You should contact your doctor if swelling is high in the morning upon waking, or if swelling is accompanied by higher than usual pain.

There are also additional concerns post-op that you need to be aware of. Bending your hip joint past a 90 degree is a definite “no,” as that will only put stress on your freshly replaced joint. Continued stress can result in severe pain and your body not repairing itself as it should. Squeezing your legs together and bringing your knee toward your chest are also not recommended.  A few other concerns you should be prepared for include:

  • Bumping- hitting a table corner, night stand or wall with your operative hip is extremely painful. This is why preparing your home for after your surgery is important.
  • High doses of medication- you will be taking various medications for your pain and blood clots, so vision, decision making and balance may be compromised. Having a family member or friend around to help you move about your home is helpful.
  • Unsteady gait- even if your medications aren’t affecting you, the trauma of the surgery on your muscles and gait will. Be cautious when it comes to moving around your home, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

By taking both pre-op and post-op concerns into consideration, you can make your hip replacement surgery go smoother and get back to a normal, pain-free life easier.

In our next blog later this month, we’ll take a look at the medical equipment and accessories, all available from Homepro Medical Supplies, that will make your recovery as efficient and painless as possible.