Posterior-Lateral 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
Posterior-Lateral Total Hip Arthroplasty Precautions:
  • Avoid bending your hip more than 90 degrees

  • Avoid cross legs (at ankles and/or knees)

    • May have a foam wedge that will be placed in between your legs bed/chair level to help maintain precaution.

  • 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 2 Sock-Aid 3
    Long-Handled Shoe Horn
    Long-Handled Shoe Horn Long-Handled Shoe Horn 2 Long-Handled Shoe Horn 2
    Choosing Safe Footwear
    Poor Choices Good Choices
    Poor Shoe Choices Good Shoe Choices
    • Pending your bathroom set-up / Toilet, we may recommend using a 3in1 commode to help maintain hip precautions, safety, and independence.
    • We will discuss this during your initial Occupational Therapy evaluation.

    Toilet Seats

    Other Considerations
    • The 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 assistance for House Management tasks (Ex: cooking, cleaning, garbage, and pet care) and for general safety.
    • May need to 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.