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News Letter

Planning Transportation After Hip Replacement Print E-mail

Allow Enough Time

You should make arrangements in advance to have someone who will give you a ride home from the hospital. This person will need to schedule ample time in making the drive and in assisting you in and out of the vehicle and into your home.

Choose an Appropriate Vehicle

It is preferred that your escort chooses a vehicle that is easily accessed, having large doors and comfortable seating. Avoid pick-up trucks with elevated running boards that make the truck much more difficult to access. Plan in advance for the closest and clearest path between the passenger side of the vehicle and the door you will use to enter your home.

Remember Your Training

Some of the distress in making the trip home will be relieved through the training you will receive during your therapy treatments in the hospital. By the time you leave the hospital, you will be safely using a walking aid with walking distances of 100 or more feet. You may use a pair of crutches, but most people feel more stable using a walker. Your therapist will also train you how to use your walking aid while transferring from a variety of surfaces, which includes getting in and out of a vehicle.

Leaving the Hospital

On the day you leave the hospital, usually the 5th or 6th day after surgery, your escort should arrive about one hour in advance. Upon discharge, you may find it easier to ride in a hospital wheelchair from your room to the vehicle. Be sure to use your hip precautions, keeping the angle at the hip less than 90 degrees while seated in the wheelchair. As you make the approach to the vehicle, angle your wheelchair or walking aid toward the passenger door. Now you are ready to access the vehicle.

Accessing the Vehicle

Be sure to apply your hip precautions when you get into the vehicle. Ideally, you will access a passenger seat with your surgical hip facing the vehicle. Proceed by turning and facing away, leaning your back against the seat. As you begin to sit into the chair, keep your hips bent less than 90 degrees. Assist your surgical hip into the vehicle as you lean back. Next, bring your other leg into the vehicle. After getting situated, secure your seat belt. You may want to place a towel or small pillow next to your hip to reduce pressure from the seat belt.

Exiting the Vehicle

Exiting your vehicle is essentially the same as accessing your vehicle only in reverse. Again, make sure you apply your hip precautions when exiting your vehicle


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