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Hip Safety: Sleeping PositionsCuidado de la cadera: Posturas para dormir

Hip Safety: Sleeping Positions

Your new hip needs extra care while it heals. Follow your "hip precautions" to help you avoid injuring it. Use the tips on this sheet to help keep your new hip safe while sleeping. Be sure to follow any guidelines from your health care provider.

If You Lie on Your Back

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Keep a pillow between your legs and against the outside of the operated leg.

If You Lie on Your Side

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Use pillows to keep your hip in a safe position.

Remember Your Hip Precautions

  • Keep the angle at your hip greater than 90°. (Don't move your knees and chest too far toward each other.)

  • Do not cross your legs or ankles or let your operated thigh cross the middle of your body.

  • Do not turn your operated hip or knee inward.

Safe Sleeping

  • Find a position that keeps your hip safe and comfortable.

  • Use pillows to keep your hip in a safe position.

  • Follow your health care provider's instructions about which side to sleep on.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2000-07-01T00:00:00-06:00

Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.424.1881 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.

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