Hip replacement surgery is scary, but if your elderly family member’s hip has been damaged or broken, having a replacement can restore mobility for him. Recovering from hip replacement surgery doesn’t have to be all pain and discomfort, though. Following some of these tips as well as his surgeon’s instructions can help him to get the most out of his surgery.
Follow the Surgeon’s Instructions
Before and after surgery, your senior’s doctor will give him some specific instructions. Following these instructions as closely as possible will help your elderly family member to get through surgery and to heal as well as he possibly can. If you or your senior have questions about any of the instructions you’re given, make sure that you ask about them.
Stretching Is Important
Stretching is vital in helping muscles and joints to recover. You never want your senior to stretch past a point of discomfort. That bit of pain or discomfort is a warning to let him know that’s his limit for now. Continuing to stretch will help him to improve his mobility, but you never want him to injure himself as he’s stretching.
Core Exercises Help with Stability
Strengthening the core muscles, which are the muscles in your senior’s back and abdomen, can help to support him as he heals. As his core becomes stronger, your senior’s balance and her stability while standing should also improve. Talk to his doctor about the types of core exercises that will help the most. If he’s already done a lot of work on his core strength, that can pay off for him after surgery.
Don’t Push Too Much
Above all, you want to make sure that your senior is not pushing too much. It helps to have elderly care providers on hand who can handle household tasks, assist with mobility issues, and take care of whatever else needs doing. Having someone that he can rely on can give your senior a chance to relax and to allow himself time to heal properly.
Once your elderly family member’s surgeon lets him know that he’s ready to exercise and to get moving again, encourage him to do so within his limits. Hip replacement surgery has come a long way from where it once was and your senior can maintain his mobility with some careful activity on his part. If he experiences any pain or seems to be having trouble at all, talk to his doctor.