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Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Minimally invasive total hip replacement is surgery to replace a damaged hip joint with an implant.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Anticoagulants are a type of blood thinner medicine that helps prevent clots. Clots can cause strokes, heart attacks, and death. These medicines may cause you to bleed or bruise more easily.
- Watch for bleeding from your gums or nose. Watch for blood in your urine and bowel movements. Use a soft washcloth and a soft toothbrush. If you shave, use an electric razor. Avoid activities that can cause bruising or bleeding.
- Tell your healthcare provider about all medicines you take because many medicines cannot be used with anticoagulants. Do not start or stop any medicines unless your healthcare provider tells you to. Tell your dentist and other healthcare providers that you take anticoagulants. Wear a bracelet or necklace that says you take this medicine.
- You will need regular blood tests so your healthcare provider can decide how much medicine you need. Take anticoagulants exactly as directed. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you forget to take the medicine, or if you take too much.
- If you take warfarin, some foods can change how your blood clots. Do not make major changes to your diet while you take warfarin. Warfarin works best when you eat about the same amount of vitamin K every day. Vitamin K is found in green leafy vegetables, broccoli, grapes, and other foods. Ask for more information about what to eat when you take warfarin.
- NSAIDs help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your PHP if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions.
- Prescription pain medicine may be given. Ask your PHP how to take this medicine safely.
- Antibiotics help treat or prevent an infection caused by bacteria.
- Stool softeners make it easier for you to have a bowel movement. You may need this medicine to treat or prevent constipation.
- Take your medicine as directed. Contact your PHP if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your PHP or orthopedist as directed:
You may need to return to have your wound checked and stitches or staples removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.
- Use a cane, walker, or crutches as directed. These devices will help decrease your risk of falling.
- Wear pressure stockings. These are long, tight stockings that put pressure on your legs to promote blood flow and prevent clots.
- Keep your knees apart. Place a pillow or wedge between your knees when you sit or lie down. This helps support your hip.
- Prevent dislocation of your hip implant:
- Do not lean forward when you are in bed or sit up with your legs straight out in front of you.
- Do not sit on a low chair. Use armrests when you rise from a sitting position to decrease the force and pressure on your hips.
- Do not cross your legs.
- Lift objects with your knees bent rather than straight.
Contact your PHP or orthopedist if:
- You have a fever.
- You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
- You have nausea and are vomiting.
- You have more pain and swelling in your hip joint, even after you take pain medicine.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have a seizure or feel confused.
- Blood soaks through your bandage.
- Your incision comes apart.
- Your incision is red, swollen, or draining pus.
- You urinate less than usual or not at all.
- Your leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
- You feel lightheaded, short of breath, and have chest pain.
- You cough up blood.
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