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Question:

A patient has had hip surgery. What should her legs be?

A abducted
Explaination

Following hip surgery, the customer should be positioned to maintain natural alignment of the leg. A pillow (“abductor pillow”) or wedge is placed between the legs keeps the legs in the correct position. Ankles and legs cannot be crossed, and toes should point toward the ceiling. The hip should not be rotated inwards or outwards. The customer can never lie on the non-operative side.