Tips about sleeping position after hip replacement surgery
For several weeks after your hip replacement, you will need to take extra precautions to avoid dislocation. When you are sleeping, you need to be extra careful to avoid turning or twisting your leg inward in any way.
Back: The best position to sleep in is on your back as long as you keep a pillow between your legs.
Side: Unless you are told not to, you can sleep on your non-operative side as long as you line two pillows between your legs.
Stomach: Do not sleep on your stomach unless your surgeon specifically says it is ok.
General Sleeping Precautions
In addition to choosing the right sleeping position after hip replacement, here are some general precautions that will ensure you are able to heal properly without any unwanted issues.
- Never lean forward from lying down in order to adjust your covers or for any other reasons.
- Sleep on a firm bed or mattress.
- Use a pillow(s) between your knees to avoid crossing your surgical leg across the middle of your body.
- Do not sleep on your stomach.
- Do not sleep with pillows under your knees.
- When you place pillows between your legs, make sure that one is supporting your foot. This will keep you from dangling and twisting your foot and putting pressure on your hip.
- Never turn your toes inward no matter which way you choose to sleep.
- Never cross your ankles when sleeping on you back.
- Avoid lying on your affected side for at least six weeks.
- Do not bring your knee up toward your stomach past a 90-degree angle.
It is extremely important that you avoid twisting your toes inward at any time. While you may not realize it, this actually also twists your hip and could cause dislocation.
Good Sleeping Positions
Bad Sleeping Positions