A 68-year-old is admitted to the surgical unit after undergoing a total hip replacement. Which of the following interventions is most important to prevent dislocation of the prosthesis?

Prevent internal rotation of the affected hip

Explanation

• After a total hip replacement, the affected leg should be abducted and externally rotated to prevent dislocation

• Slight hip flexion is acceptable, but flexion should not exceed 90 degrees

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