First few weeks - up and down stairs?

First few weeks - up and down stairs?

Posted in the Hip Replacement Forum


Los Altos, CA

#1 Apr 1, 2011
I have a three story home.

Garage on first floor.
Kitchen, dining room, living room (TV), and half bath on second floor.
Bedrooms and bathrooms on third floor.

The living room has a recliner and a couch and a nice TV.

I am 60 and getting anterior hip surgery on one hip in a few weeks. I am reasonably fit. My wife will take off two weeks (or more if necessary) to help me through the first part of recovery.

Should I set up a single bed (twin) in the living room and not bother to try to get up to the third floor during the first few weeks? Or is it likely that I will be able to go up and down the stairs (very very slowly) within a few days? The downside of setting up a bed in the living room is of course the hassle and cost.

Darien, CT

#2 Apr 4, 2011
It all depends on how soon you will be coming
home, will it be right from the hospital or are
you going to short-term rehab. You cannot navigate
stairs if you still are using a walker. I went
to str after both my hip replacements+learned to
do stairs with a cane at about the 10th day post-op. Another factor to consider is that the couch
may be too low for you to get up+down from safely.
I was not able to use my sofa for about 2 months.
You may be able to use your relcliner if it is
not too low. Talk with one of the physical
therapists at your hospital or your md to see if
they are ok with a recliner chair. My OS was not
ok with my living room chair unless I got a foam
cushoin to elevate it. I live by myself so after
I got home from str+did have a twin bed set up in
the living room so I could rest during the day+minimize the number of times+had to go up+
down the stairs.

San Francisco, CA

#3 Apr 4, 2011
Anna, thank you for the information. I have decided to set up a twin bed in the living room.

Since: Jun 09

Arvada, CO

#4 Apr 7, 2011
I didn't do stairs until about 14 days when I could navigate with a cane. Good idea to set up a twin bed on your mail level.
Kent Anderson

Torrance, CA

#6 Feb 7, 2012
Usually doctors discourages patients to go up and down from the stairs after surgery. lite walks will do to avoid any complication leading to revision. See

Seattle, WA

#7 Feb 24, 2012
The therapist would teach you exercises that could help you get used to your new implants. They will also teach you how to go up and down the stairs. Though for the first week you should refrain from straining your hips. Know more about it at .

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