Cindy is demonstrating and reviewing the most common Anterior Hip Precautions.

1.  Do Not extend the surgical leg backwards (hip extension)  Use caution when taking steps backward to sit down on a chair, toilet, bed etc.  Lead back with the non surgical leg, bringing the surgical leg back to, not beyond, the non surgical leg. Do Not lay on your stomach in bed, which could potentially put the surgical leg into hip extension.

2.  Do Not turn the toes/leg on the surgical side outward.  Use caution not to plant and pivot on the surgical leg when turning with the walker.  Always pick up the feet and turn with the walker.

3.  Do Not cross the legs.  While sitting in a chair, do not cross the legs at the knees or ankles, while lying in bed, do not cross the legs at the ankles.

Most hip precautions remain in place at least 12 weeks, but that can vary depending on the surgery and surgeon.  Hip precautions can vary as well, so be sure to consult with your surgeon on the hip precautions and any special or additional instructions that may apply to your surgery.

If you have questions regarding you hip precautions, please be sure to consult with your physical or occupational therapist.