One of our orthopedic doctors does not use abduction pillows with his post op total hip replacement patients. He uses a knee immobilizer on the affected leg. Have any of you experienced this? What are your thoughts on this?
Jan 6, '05
Not strange at all here. I think it was around the time press fit /no cement hips came out, maybe 1990 or so. Try this: Hold your knee stiff then try to flex your hip over 90 deg. Pretty difficult, no? Imagine you are 70 years old and just had surgery. Impossible. I only know of one doc around here who still used the abd wedge and I believe he's retired now.
edited to add:
Re dislocation. Depending on the type of incision and the way the hip was disarticulated, there may or may not be the potential there with the knee immobilizer. Nonetheless most patients will not be able to SLR enough to get the operative leg/hip past midline.
Last edit by P_RN on Jan 6, '05
I dont see abductor pillows being used as often.
Last edit by adidas99 on Jan 28, '07