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Hip replacement surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the United States. The surgery helps relieve pain and disability from arthritis, caused by wear and tear on the hip joint. Patients who have had a total hip replacement may experience pain, stiffness or swelling in some cases for up to six weeks following their operation. The nurse caring for this client should ensure that they are meeting these goals: 1) Pain control – utilizing the medication as needed 2) Stiffness relief- physical therapy exercises prescribed by therapist 3) Minimize swelling- keep the leg elevated, ice pack, compression stockings Nurse Goals: • Pain control – utilizing the medication as needed •

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Stiffness relief- physical therapy prescribed by the therapist; the patient is not tolerating exercises and should receive a prescription for pain medication instead. The patient has been discharged from PT because of intolerance to the exercises but may return in two weeks if they are tolerating their pain medications well enough. Likely that they were given another exercise program at discharge. If so, this client will need to reach out to them about how often he/she can come back into the office or find other alternative treatments such as water aerobics classes etc for continued care while home recovery progresses) • Minimize swelling- Keep leg elevated with pill

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