After hip replacement surgery, most patients stay in the hospital for three to five days before being released. On the day of discharge, immobility is very likely. Recovery from surgery is challenging, but it's notably less enjoyable when you are restricted from many of your everyday activities. It's best to plan ahead and have items in place in your home that will ease your recovery.
Upon your return to your home, it is necessary for your recovery to increase your mobility independence without overdoing it. Doctors and physical therapists recommend exercises including ankle pumps, buttock contractions, and straight leg raises to regain the use of joints and muscles. Physical therapy will increase your strength and mobilization, along with decreasing the chance of blood clots.
These tools can help you with day-to-day living and recovery:
- Raised Toilet Seats: A raised toilet seat increases the height of your toilet and makes trips to the bathroom more comfortable and safer. By adding extra inches of height, you can avoid doing too much bending. Lock systems are designed to make the seat easy to secure and easy to remove for cleaning.
- Shower Seats: Standing in the shower can be difficult after surgery. Shower seats with handles allow you to sit comfortably in the tub or shower while bathing. The handles add stability, making it easy to sit down and stand up.
- Grab Bars: Maneuvering around the bathroom can be difficult after hip surgery, especially if using crutches or a walker. Grab bars near the toilet or in the tub or shower walls are a great solution to this potential challenge. Some feature suction cups and don't require drilling for easy installation.
These mobility tools can help aid you in recovering from hip surgery, especially when your range of motion is compromised. Using these tools alongside your recovery treatment options given to you will help ensure a fast and easy recovery.