The following exercises will help your recovery.

Please note: there may be some circumstances when your surgeon does not want you to start exercises straight after your operation. If this is the case then your physiotherapist will tell you.

1. Ankle Pumps:

Pull your ankles backwards and forwards and circle them around. This increases the blood flow in your legs and decreases the chance of blood clots forming.

Repeat: 10-20 times

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2. Static Quads:

Point your toes to the ceiling. Press the back of knee against the bed and tighten up the muscle in your thigh. Hold for 5 seconds then relax.

Repeat: 10 times

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3. Static Gluts:

Squeeze your bottom muscles together and hold 3-5 seconds and relax.

Repeat: 10 times

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4. Hip Flexion:

Bend your hip and knee up and down. Be careful not to bend it too far (a right angle between your trunk and thigh is your limit!).

Do 2 sets of 10.

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5. Hip Abduction:

Lying on your bed, take your leg out to the side then back in again.

Repeat: 2 sets of 10.

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6. Hip Abduction:

While standing, hold onto a steady object (e.g. the back of a chair). Keep your trunk still in an upright position and lift your leg out to the side. Hold for 3-5 seconds then relax (you can hold for longer as the exercise gets easier).

Repeat: 10 times.

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7. Hip Extension:

While standing, hold onto a steady object (e.g. the back of a chair). Keep your trunk still in an upright position and bring your leg backwards. Hold for 3-5 seconds then relax (you can hold for longer as the exercise gets easier).

Repeat: 10 times.

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8. Hip Flexion:

While standing, hold onto a steady object (e.g. the back of a chair). Bend your knee and hip as if you were going to lift your leg onto a step. Hold for 3-5 seconds then relax (you can hold for  longer as the exercise gets easier).

Repeat:  10 times.

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Although the physiotherapist will be there to teach and guide you it is important that you do your exercises independently and have regular walks in the ward once the physiotherapist says you are safe to do so. It is ultimately your effort that will get your hip working properly again. If you find you are struggling to do the exercises or walking because of pain please let a member of staff know – we cannot help unless you tell us.