After Joint Replacement
Learn about how to recover well after a hip or knee replacement surgery at Virginia Hospital Center.
This video provides general instructions on how to care for yourself and your new joint after you go home. The information on this video will be available in writing in your discharge folder when you are ready to go home after your surgery. Your nurse will join you after you watch the video to review your medications and individual discharge instructions.
Support wound healing, a strong immune system and reduce some side effects of pain medications by following a healthful diet after joint replacement surgery. See our recommendations:
Eat 20 to 30 grams of high-quality protein in each meal and 10 to 15 grams in each snack. Focus on high-quality proteins, such as:
- Eggs (1 egg = 6 to 7 g protein)
- Cheese (1 ounce = 6 to 7 y protein)
- Lean meat, chicken or fish (a serving the size of a deck of cards = 20 to 25 g protein)
- Low-fat milk (1 cup = 8 g protein)
- Peanut butter (1 tablespoon = 6 to 7 g protein)
- Soy-based foods
Zinc helps the immune system work properly and may help wounds heal. Get zinc by eating:
- Lean meat, poultry and seafood
- Whole grains
Fiber can help prevent constipation and has a natural laxative effect. Women should eat 25 grams per day. Men should consume 38 grams per day. Sources of fiber include:
- Fruit including prunes and prune juice (along with plenty of water)
- Nuts and seeds
- Peas (fresh and dried)
- Whole Grains
Fruits & Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables help your body make collagen and repair tendons, ligaments and surgical wounds. Aim for 2 1/2 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit a day. We recommend including these types of produce in your diet:
- Baked Potato
- Bell Peppers
- Citrus Fruits
Vitamin D & Calcium
These nutrients are associated with healthy bones. Get them from low-fat dairy foods.
Drink 8 to 10 cups a day.
Watch these videos for tips on how to move safely while doing daily activities after joint replacement surgery.
Preventing Hip Dislocation
Learn which positions to avoid after hip replacement surgery. These are called hip precautions. Your surgeon will tell you which precautions are necessary for you to prevent hip dislocation.
Using a Reacher
Review how to use a Reacher after your joint replacement surgery.
Putting on Socks
Get instructions on how to use the Sock Aid after your joint replacement surgery.
Put on Compression Stockings
Learn how to put on compression stockings after your joint replacement surgery.
Get on an Elevated Commode
See how to walk and pivot to the elevated commode after your joint replacement surgery.
This video provides instructions for how to safely use a shower chair in a shower stall after your joint replacement surgery.
This video provides instructions for how to safely take a shower in a tub using a transfer bench after your joint replacement surgery.
Getting In/Out of Bed
HIP: This video provides instructions for how to safely get in and out of bed after your hip replacement surgery.
KNEE: This video provides instructions for how to safely get in and out of bed after your knee replacement surgery.