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Hip Fracture Surgery: Recovering at Home
Going home is a big step. To help you prepare, your healthcare team will arrange for any medicine, equipment, and services you need. Family and friends can help by doing errands and providing emotional support. You may also need a family member or friend to stay with you for a time.
Call 911 right away if you have any of these:
Shortness of breath
When to call your healthcare provider
Call your surgeon or healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:
Hip pain gets worse
Pain or swelling in your calf or leg not related to your cut (incision)
Soreness or redness in your calf
Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by your healthcare provider
Swelling or redness at the incision site gets worse
Fluid draining from the incision
Walking a little more each day is the best thing you can do for your recovery. Walking helps build strength and ease pain. It also helps keep your hip from getting stiff. Try to make walking part of your daily routine. Start with short walks. Then go a little farther each time. Keep in mind, recovering from a hip fracture takes time. Some days it will be harder to get around than others. But try to stay upbeat. Set simple goals that you can meet. Doing even basic tasks, like checking your mail or going to the food store, can help you feel better.
You will likely be prescribed pain medicine to use at home. Ask your healthcare provider what your medicine does and how long it takes to work. Don’t wait for the pain to get bad. Take your medicine on time as directed. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if it doesn’t help ease your pain. Also mention if it causes constipation. This can often be eased by taking over-the-counter stool softeners.
Seeing your healthcare provider
Keep follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider. These help make sure you’re healing well. You should also ask your healthcare provider about:
When you can bear weight on your hip
How long to take any new medicine
Tests and treatment for osteoporosis
When it’s OK to begin driving again
Safe positions for sex
Taking antibiotics before dental and medical work
Online Medical Reviewer:
Joseph, Thomas N., MD
Online Medical Reviewer:
Sather, Rita, RN
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