What's the best way to sleep following my total hip replacement surgery?

There are better sleeping positions for your new hip and ones that should be avoided. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Sleep on a firm bed or mattress
  • Use a pillow(s) between your knees to avoid crossing your surgical leg across the middle of your body
  • Change positions as you become uncomfortable
  • DO NOT sleep on your stomach
  • DO NOT sleep with pillows under your knees

Good sleeping positions

good sleep on back

good sleep on side

Bad sleeping positions

bad sleep on back

bad sleep on side

bad sleep on stomach

bad pillow placement for back sleepers

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/30/2016.

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