To prevent dislocation of your total hip replacement: Do not bend greater than 90 degrees at the hip. Do not cross your legs at the knees. Do not twist your leg inward. Do not sit on low chairs without armrests, including sofas. Your surgeon will specify how long you must follow these precautions. Other safety tips: Be careful getting out of bed. Your therapist will review safe procedures. Remove throw rugs and/or secure edges of area rugs. Remove or move loose cords or secure to floor to prevent tripping. Pets may be a tripping hazard when first returning home. You may need to find alternative care or keep them in a secure area. Make sure areas are free from clutter and you have ample space in living area to move about safely with your walker or other assistive device.