Direct Anterior Approach Hip Replacement Discharge Instructions


  • Ice for 15-20 minutes several times daily.
  • No hip precautions.
  • You can place full weight on your hip unless otherwise instructed.
  • Initially a walker is helpful for ambulation.

Wound Care:

  • Wash your hands prior to any wound care.
  • Patient may take a shower but do not sit in water.
  • Remove the aquacel bandage after 7 days.
  • Sutures are removed around 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Zipline will be removed at your follow up appointment.


  • Review your discharge paper work regarding your medication regimen.
  • Take your pain medicine as prescribed.
  • Be aware that pain medication can cause constipation so take measures to prevent this from occurring.


  • Walk around your house every hour to improve mobility and decrease stiffness.
  • Do your exercises several times daily.
  • Work on ankle motion and heel slides.
  • Work on Quad sets and Gluteal squeezes.
  • Ice after exercises.
  • You should continue your exercises for 6-8 weeks after surgery.
  • You may have some pain after or during exercise, but this should resolve and/or improve.

When to call your Surgeon:

  • Temperature above 101 degrees for at least 12 hours that does not improve with Tylenol.
  • Severe swelling that does not improve with ice and elevation.
  • Increasing redness around incision.
  • Drainage from the wound that does not decrease or stop or becomes yellow/green or creamy.
  • Signs of blood clot-redness, swelling and calf pain.