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
    • Self-cares
    • 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.

Reacher Reacher 1 Reacher 2

Sock Aid

Sock-Aid 1 Sock-Aid 3
Long-Handled Shoe Horn
Long-Handled Shoe Horn Long-Handled Shoe Horn 1 Long-Handled Shoe Horn 1
Choosing Safe Footwear
Poor Choices Good Choices
Poor Shoe Choices Good Shoe Choices
  • 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.

Toilet Seats

Other Considerations
  • 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.


Get Started

Once your surgery is scheduled, we'll contact you about Joints Matter. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or call Silver Cross Hospital at (815) 300-7076 & press 2 to schedule an outpatient test.

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.