Once you and your doctor have decided Hip Joint Replacement Surgery is right for you, you will set up an appointment and plan for post-op physical therapy and rehabilitation at home. After hip replacement surgery, you will find yourself needing some home medical equipment and products that will make getting around easier.
Doctors and physical therapists recommend that you prepare for you post-op rehab before you go into surgery. This way everything will be as comfortable and trouble-free as possible for when you get home. Having all of the supplies you need in place will make it easier for you to bathe, dress, and perform daily activities.
Although everyone has a different experience with rehab and healing after hospital discharge, there are a number of products that will make getting around after surgery easier for you. Hopefully even reduce some of the pain associated with moving, bending, and reaching. Although grabbers and raised toilet seats are highly recommended and necessary, your insurance will not cover most of these post-op products, but it is important to get them set up in your home and practice using them before your surgery.
Here is our list of products you will likely need after hip replacement surgery to ensure a safe and speedy recovery:
- Raised Toilet Seat – Bending, sitting and standing after hip replacement surgery can be very difficult, and the bathroom is no exception. An elevated toilet seat helps post-op patients stand and sit on the toilet by decreasing the effort needed to bend. Look for a raised toilet seat with arms or even a toilet seat frame for extra stability when standing and sitting. If your bathroom is on the second floor, use a commode close to where you spend most of your day and sleep to eliminate the need for dangerous stair climbing.
- Shower Seat or Shower Chair – While bathing is important to feeling fresh and maintaining hygiene, standing for long periods of time after hip replacement surgery can be painful or cause additional swelling. Put a shower chair in your tub to keep you elevated and allow you to get clean. Your therapist may instead recommend a transfer bench that sits partially out of the tub yet allows you to pull yourself into and out of the tub and remain seated while bathing.
- Handheld Shower Head – Otherwise known as a detachable shower head, having one of these installed allows you to more easily wash yourself and control the flow of the shower water while sitting. We also recommend using a long handled sponge helps reach feet when twisting and bending is not an option, and a suction mat or bubble mat can help keep you steady on your feet and prevent falls in the shower if you prefer to stand.
- Grab Bars – Installing permanent or suction grab bars in the bathroom can help you steady yourself around the toilet and while getting into and out of the tub or shower. They increase safety during transfers, unlike towel racks that are not intended for weight bearing or as safety devices. Some patients prefer a tub safety rail to assist in stepping over the side of the tub. Adding a few safety rails near stairs in the home will help as your rehab and recovery improves.
- Dressing – Because getting dressed requires bending, lifting, and twisting at the torso, this poses to be very challenging following post-op discharge. A long handled reacher or grabber will help you pick up and pull on clothing. Learning to use a sock aid and how to put on shoes with a shoe horn will remove a lot of the frustrations associated with not being able to bend to touch your toes. Bundling these products is sometimes referred to as a “Hip Kit”.
- Walker, Cane, or Crutches – Depending on your stage of recovery and physical therapist’s recommendations, you may need one or more assistance devices. A cane to help you around after hip replacement surgery, crutches, or a walker can help mobility. Bracing yourself with a walker or cane is crucial to helping you safely move around and learn to use your new joint. A walker tray or walker basket to carry your belongings will free up your hands while you focus on stable movements.
The goal is to be prepared for your return home before you have your joint replacement surgery. These recommended products will help you recover from your surgery and perform daily activities with limited assistance. Call us today at 888-822-2400 to order any of the products listed above. We can also discuss products that can help you following your surgery today.