Question:My mother will be coming to stay with me after she has her hip resurfacing. Her doctor said it was a good idea for her to stay with me. How can I help her have a good recovery period?
Answer:Recovery after hip surgery can be long for some people as they learn to use their leg again without damaging the hip as it heals. However, with proper care, the rate of success is quite high.
When your mother is still in the hospital, she will likely be seen by a physiotherapist who will discuss the after-surgery care, including what your mother can and cannot do and for how long. It would be a good idea if you could meet with the physiotherapist as well so you also know what is important.
An issue following hip surgery is safety. It's a good idea to try to minimize any chances of falls and eliminating as many dangers as possible. This means removing any scatter rugs, for example, and keeping the normal traffic pattern clear of something that could cause a slip or fall.
Be sure that you have the necessary equipment to help your mother. This may mean having an elevated toilet seat and a safe way for her to take a shower.Michael A. Mont, MD, et al. Effect of Changing Indications and Techniques on Total Hip Resurfacing. In Clinical Orthopaedic and Related Research. December 2007. Vol. 465. Pp. 63-70.
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