Post-Hip Replacement: Ankle Pumps, Quad Sets, Gluteal Sets

The following exercises can be done in bed. Some help improve blood flow. Others help build strength. Your physical therapist or surgeon may give you special instructions. Otherwise, repeat each exercise  10 times. Do them at least  2 times each day.

Ankle pumps

  • Point, then flex, both feet.

  • Doing this 10 to 30 times each hour helps prevent blood clots in your legs.

    Leg from knee down showing ankle pumps.

Quadriceps sets

  • Lie in bed with your legs straight. Tighten the front thigh muscle of your operated leg while pressing the back of your knee down into the bed.

  • Hold for 5 seconds, then relax the leg.

    Leg from knee down showing quadriceps sets.

Gluteal sets

  • Squeeze your buttocks together tightly. Your hips will rise slightly off the bed.

  • Hold for 5 seconds, then release.

    Leg from waist down showing gluteal sets.

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