When lying on your back, place a pillow between your thighs.\nIf you’ve had hip replacement surgery, here are some things to keep in mind as you recover.\nContinue to follow these guidelines until your doctor tells you otherwise.\nAfter hip replacement surgery, you should avoid:\n\nBending past 90 degrees.\nTwisting your leg in or out.\nCrossing your legs.\n\n \nPlace a pillow between your knees, especially when lying on your side.\nLying in Bed After Total Hip Replacement\n\nLie on your back while resting in bed.\nKeep a pillow between your thighs to prevent your knees from touching, especially if you lie on your side.\n\n \n \nUse care when standing up.\nStanding Up from a Bed or Chair\n\nScoot to the edge of the bed or chair before standing.\nKeep your your leg that was operated on in front of the other when getting up from a chair or bed.\nAvoid low beds.\n\n \n \n \n \nSit up straight in a firm chair.\nSitting\n\nSit in chairs higher than knee height.\nSit in a firm, straight-back chair with arm rests.\nDo not sit on soft chairs, rocking chairs, sofas, or stools.\n\n \n \n \nWalking After Total Hip Replacement Surgery\n\nContinue to use your walker, crutches, or cane until your doctor says you can stop.\nWear shoes that fit well and have non-skid soles.\nGet up and move around every hour. Take short, frequent walks.\nBe careful on uneven ground or wet surfaces.\nMaintain your weight-bearing status as instructed until your doctor or therapist tells you otherwise.\nAvoid pivoting your operated leg. Take small steps when turning.\n\n \nUse a raised toilet seat after a hip replacement.\nToileting\n\nUse a raised toilet seat at or above knee height.\nAvoid twisting during personal hygiene.\n\n \n \n \nBathing After Total Hip Replacement\n\n\nTake sponge baths or use a tub bench.\nTake sponge baths or purchase a tub bench. You may use a walk-in shower.\nDo not bend or reach for the tub controls.\nDo not bend or squat to wash your legs and feet. Use long-handled equipment to reach them.\nDo not sit in the bottom of a regular bathtub. Use a tub seat or bench.\n\n \n \nDressing\n\nUse long-handled equipment to get dressed.\nSit down when passing clothing over your feet.\nDo not bend over, raise your legs, or cross your legs when you get dressed.\n\n \nHousehold Chores After Total Hip Replacement Surgery\n\nUse long-handled reachers, mops, brooms, or dustpans to do simple chores that involve bending, stooping, or twisting (such as washing floors, dusting low tables, or making beds).\nDo not bend to pick up objects from the floor. Use a long-handled reacher.\nDo not run the vacuum cleaner or sweeper.\nUse a rolling cart to transport items.\nPlace items you use often above knee level or on the top shelf of your refrigerator.\nSlide items along the kitchen counter.\nSit while preparing food.\n\n \nRiding in a Car After Hip Replacement\n\nDo not drive until your doctor says you may.\nDo not enter your car while standing on a curb or step.\nAvoid long car rides. Get up and walk around every two hours.\nAvoid cars with deep bucket seats or low seats. Sit on a pillow to raise the seat height.\n\nSexual Relations After Total Hip Replacement Surgery\nDo not feel as though you have to avoid sexual relations. You do need to take certain precautions concerning your position.\nDiscuss this with your doctor or therapist.\nLearn more about hip pain from UPMC Orthopaedic Care.