Hip Replacement: Sleeping post-surgery

Posted by lotsofpain @lotsofpain, Sun, Jun 9 6:08pm

I am told that if I have a hip replacement – a real possibility – I’ll have ti sleep on my back. I almlost alwayts sleep on my side. How on eartth willI I ensure
I sleep on my back

@lotsofpain, I am a side sleeper also but have found a few times after my knee replacement it was difficult. I found placing a small pillow on the side that I normally roll over on helped me stay on my back. Maybe a small pillow on each side?

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@lotsofpain I find it almost impossible to sleep on my back, I'm a side-sleeper. Yet for some reason, when it is necessary, as in after my TKR and after my liver transplant, I was able to sleep on my back! I try to sleep on my back but rarely can.

This past weekend we were in NYC to visit our daughter and we stayed at a Hilton. There were two pillows on the bed and I actually did sleep on my back! I slept so well that I took the pillow cover off the top one to see what it was. It was a pillow with a duck feather core surrounded by down. I have googled and the Hilton pillows come in soft and firm. I didn't look at the bottom pillow but I suspect that one was firm, and the top one was soft. I really had a great sleep and plan to purchase some. It really made a difference for me. My pillow is memory foam and I used to love it, but it doesn't work for me sleeping on my back.
JK

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Hoid morning! Yes sleeping on your back after hip surgery is hard. Especially when you don’t sleep on your back. Use pillows under your knees. I found that help with pressure on the back. I never really rolled on my side because sleep was not very good for awhile. It’s about 3/4 weeks then you can sleep on your non operative side using a pillow between your legs. It’s been 3 years and I still use a pillow! Also sleeping on my hip replacement side for me is still not comfortable. Best of luck to you.

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