One does not need to recline when sitting after a hip joint replacement, one needs to keep the knees lower than the hip. The easiest way to do that is to sit in a chair high enough that the knee naturally falls below the hip. The seats of chairs can be raised with padding and cushions, or the whole chair can be raised on a platform. And chairs should have arms to make it easier to stand up without bending forward which is how most of us get out of a chair. Recliners can be used quite safely if it is high enough or can be put on a platform AND if there is a mechanism for raising the back and lowering the leg rest without using the body; a few members of our support group have slept in their recliners because it was the only was they could get comfortable.
It would be wonderful if you, or your hospitals, supplied the URLs of some useful web sites for those of your patients who use the Internet or who have relatives who do, and not only post-op but pre-op too. I have been appalled at the number of people who come to our support group without adequate information. I hope that I am not violating any rules in giving you the following URLs.
(This is the support group in which I participate. Anyone can read it
but you have to join to post)
(This is a Swedish site in somewhat quirky English run by a retired
(This is the Mother Ship, as they put it, which is the permanent
repository of helpful information for the support group)
(run by a hip joint replacement patient)
(general information run by a "hippie" - also includes a support group
There are also support groups for resurfacing patients and those who have developmental hip dysplasia but I don't know the URLs.
And thank you, Cheerfuldoer, my husband had an uneventful recovery from his surgery after a somewhat rocky start (he had muscle spasms which restricted his walking for a couple of days). He also had restrictions for 12 weeks instead of 6 weeks which I confess got a little frayed toward the end but he was driving by 5 weeks.