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How to Sleep After Total Hip Replacement Surgery?

Sleep after Hip Replacement

After any surgical operation, recovery time plays a critical role. An individual needs to be sure of many things at the same time. There is a chance that specific issues could arise if they do not pay attention to them. The situation is identical for someone who has had hip replacement surgery.

We know that individuals consider hip replacement surgery and obtain it from a qualified and trained physician to address hip joint-related disorders significantly. However, undergoing surgery alone is not sufficient. It's necessary to pay attention to the length of recuperation and the safety measures. Not only this but people who have undergone a total hip replacement are frequently bothered with pain that keeps them from falling asleep. 

Sleeping in the proper position is one of the ways you can lessen the pain. Today, in this article, we'll discuss how to sleep after total hip replacement surgery. 

Getting in Bed After Total Hip Replacement Surgery 

While getting in your bed, keep these things in mind: 

  • Be cautious when getting in and out of bed, so you don't further harm your hip.  

  • When you feel your bed behind you, use your walking aid to climb back up.

  • Extend the leg that had the hip replacement while sitting on the edge of your bed.

  • Lean back and push your bottom back while supporting yourself with your arms. 

  • Bring one leg up onto the bed at a time.

  • Set up a secure sleeping position for yourself. 

Leaving the Bed Following a Hip Replacement Surgery 

When you're prepared to leave your bed, take these actions:

  • You can support yourself by bending the leg that did not have a hip replacement and using your elbows.

  • You can get out of a semi-lying position by pushing yourself up with your hands and elbows.

  • Swing your body around to sit up by gently moving your hips and legs to the edge of your bed. 

  • Take off all the bed coverings, then tuck the pillows away.

  • You should bend the knee of the leg that did not have a hip replacement while supporting yourself with your elbows.

  • Use your hands and elbows to push yourself from a slightly reclined position.

  • Slowly and gently move your hips and legs to the edge of the bed, then turn your body to sit up.

  • While standing, extend the injured leg and support yourself with the healthy leg. 

 

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The Ideal Positions to Sleep in Following Total Hip Replacement

After your hip replacement surgery, it is essential to sleep correctly not only to lessen the pain but also for a speedy recovery. Follow the given instructions to get the answer to know how to sleep after total hip replacement surgery.  

  • After a total hip replacement, lying on your back with a pillow between your legs is the ideal sleeping posture. Having a pillow between your legs while lying on your back is the perfect sleeping position for your hip. 

  • Two pillows between your legs will allow you to sleep on your side that is not being operated on. 

  • Ensure your ankles or legs are not crossed while lying on your back to sleep. 

  • Avoid bending your knees when you are lying on your side to sleep. 

  • Use cushions between your knees; if you're resting on your side, ensure one supports your foot. 

  • Avoid lying on your stomach at night. 

  • Use a firm mattress or bed to sleep. 

  • When you start to feel uncomfortable, switch positions. 

  • Keep your knee's angle to your tummy at a natural 90 degrees.

When Will You Start Sleeping Normally? 

For at least six weeks, it's recommended to avoid sleeping on your injured side. Once your doctor has given the all-clear, pay attention to your body and only lie on your surgical side when you feel at ease.

For 6 to 12 weeks following surgery, depending on your health and rehabilitation, it's crucial to adhere to specific sleeping guidelines.

It can be challenging to adjust to these new postures, but you must give sleep top priority. A restful night's sleep will support your body's natural ability to heal, improve your general welfare, lessen stress and worry, and give you the energy you need to recover. When you may resume your preferred sleeping positions again, your doctor will provide you with instructions.

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