Hip Fracture Post Operative Instructions


Hip fracture post operative instructions are designed to assist you during your successful surgical recovery period.

Hip Fracture Post Operative Instructions

  1. WOUND: You may shower on post-op day #5 if the incisions are dry and cover the incision while doing so.  Gently pat the area dry after showering.
  1. You may change your dressing on post op day 2 and daily thereafter. Leave steri strips that are directly on the incision (if you have them) until they fall off on their own.
  2. You may see a small amount of clear-bloody drainage from the incision sites. This is normal. HOWEVER, if the amount of drainage increases or the incision is draining bright red blood or yellow, pus-like fluid, notify the office immediately.
  1. ICE: You may use ice over the incision to decrease swelling and relieve pain, 3x/day for 20 min.
  1. ACTIVITY: Weight-bearing will be determined by your doctor after surgery.  At a minimum we recommend utilizing a walker in the first 2-3 weeks following surgery.  Please ask your physician for specific instructions
  1. COMPRESSION STOCKINGS: To prevent blood clots in your legs. Worn for 2-3 weeks.
  1. Pain Management: will be prescribed by our office unless you see a pain management specialist or was seen by them in the hospital in which case you will continue with medication prescribed by them
  2. Anticoagulation: as prescribed to you for 4-6 weeks post operatively to prevent blood clots

With surgery on your Left leg, driving is permitted ONLY once you have stopped taking narcotic pain medication and feel you can drive safely.

With surgery on your Right leg no driving for at least six weeks and ONLY if you stopped taking pain medication as well.  Please ask your doctor for specific recommendations.

  1. POST OPERATIVE APPOINTMENT: Please call the office to schedule a follow-up appointment for 2-3 weeks post-operatively, if you do not already have an appointment scheduled.
  1. NOTIFY Dr. LaReau’s Office IMMEDIATELY if:
  1. You develop a Fever (>101 degrees)
  2. Redness over or around the incision or drainage from the incision site
  3. Unusual/sudden/persistent pain in your calf, knee, thigh, hip or chest
  4. Numbness or tingling in your foot or redness of the calf
  5. Uncontrolled and progressive worsening pain

Please note these instructions and restrictions may change on a patient-to-patient basis.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call our office