Your prosthetic hip is a large and fairly stable joint. Usually it takes a hard fall, a car crash, or something else of great force to make the thigh bone slip out of its socket (dislocate). But since you have had hip replacement surgery, your hip can more easily slip out of position. This is more common during the first few months after the surgery.
After your doctor puts your hip back into normal position, you will need to use a walking aid and may also have a hip brace for several weeks or months while the hip heals. You will need to follow special precautions to avoid dislocating your hip again.
Exercise and physiotherapy can help your hip get strong and move normally again. Rest and home care can help you heal.
If your hip becomes dislocated again, contact your doctor. You will need to go to a hospital or clinic to have your hip put back in position.
You may have had a sedative to help you relax. You may be unsteady after getting a sedative. It may take a few hours for the medicine's effects to wear off. Common side effects of sedation include nausea, vomiting, and feeling sleepy or tired.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& David Messenger, MD & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma & Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MPH - Rheumatology
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