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Position Precautions

After opening up the hip joint surgically, it will take a few weeks for the soft tissues to heal and stabilize the joint. During the first 6 weeks, we will have you avoid certain positions that might lead to dislocation of the hip.   If you have an anterior approach.  You should avoid turning your foot out to the side while extending your hip and twisting on that leg, for 6 weeks. There is no limitation on bending or flexing your hip and no worries about sitting.  If you have a posterior approach you need to avoid bringing your knee up towards your chest or maximum hip flexion beyond 90 degrees for the first 6 weeks.  You should also avoid sitting in a low chair that requires hip flexion to get out of.  With either approach there are no restrictions on sleeping position.