Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty
Occupational Therapy: The skills of everyday Living
The Role of Occupational Therapy post-op:
- If you are staying overnight, We will primarily be seeing you the day AFTER your surgery in the morning to complete education/training on the following:
- Bed Mobility
- Functional Transfers
- Functional Standing Balance and tolerance for everyday tasks
- Modified Home set-up to promote safety and independence
Anterior Total Hip Arthroplasty Precautions:
- Avoid crossing surgical leg over opposite leg (at ankles and/or knees)
- Avoid twisting/turning your leg in/out and/or at your waist.
*Continue to follow these guidelines until cleared by your MD.
Things you can do Prior to Surgery
- Remove clutter from home
- Pick-up loose throw rugs
- Proper Lighting
- Set-up of daily items waist – shoulder height
- May prepare food ahead of time; purchase paper plates, plastic ware.
- Look into possible medical equipment and adaptive equipment.
- Home Improvement projects (Ex: Railings, grab bars)
DRESSING: (Recommend Comfy, easy slip-on/off clothing)
Dress your operated leg first.
Undress your non-operated leg last.
In order to get dressed independently, you will most likely need to use long-handled equipment and a sock-aid.
Choosing Safe Footwear
- Pending you bathroom set-up / Toilet, we may recommend using a 3in1 commode to help maintain hip precautions, safety, and independence.
- We will discuss during your initial Occupational Therapy evaluation.
- Majority of our Patients do discharge home with no further Occupational Therapy needs. If we find you do have + needs upon discharge we will make further suggestions for + OT.
- We do recommend having assist for House Management tasks (Ex: cooking, cleaning, garbage, and pet care) and for general safety.
- May need assist with getting in/out of bed; do NOT recommend air mattresses.
Questions? Please write them down and we will address your needs after your surgery.