Shower after hip replacement surgery is most challenging among all of the work. Successful recovery after Hip replacement surgery completely depends upon your pre-surgery preparation, and how you can take care of yourself, after surgery.
One of the most difficult activities is taking a bath after any kind of surgery. So you need to follow some rules and technique, to avoid any kind of issues after surgery.
Here our Madre health care team give you some guidance regarding “How to shower after hip replacement surgery??”
Follow this procedure after replacement surgery, and speed up your recovery smoothly
In the previous blog, I have talked about The Prior preparation of hip replacement surgery. Which may help you organize yourself before surgery?
Arrange your bathroom before replacement surgery
Modify your bathroom before your surgery is a wise step. People often ignore it. But faces problem after surgery, so we suggest you do not ignore that.
So here we discuss everything pointwise, Please read this article carefully.
Purchase a bathroom commode chair from a local medical store
Standing while taking a shower is not recommended in the post-surgery period, as it will exhibit intense pressure on your hip. So a bathroom commode chair allows you to seat while showering. A bathroom commode ensures not to bend your hip more than 90 degrees while sitting. Which is very important? Avoid plastic chair, a metal chair is more durable. The chair should be minimum 17 inches higher than the floor, to avoid bending of your hip.
Install vertical and horizontal grab bar as a support
Horizontal and vertical grab bar act as a support system. Horizontal grab bar supports you while you are in the bathtub, and vertical grab bar will support you to get up from the toilet seat. Please do not grab towel rack, because they are too weak to support you. There will be a possibility of an accident.
You should install a bidet in your bathroom. It will allow you to clean up your bottom part with Luke warm water spray after toilet.
A hand shower is also beneficial for you while bathing. As you can control the water flow on your body.
Raise your toilet seat
It is important to raise your toilet seat to avoid bending your hip, more than 90 degrees. If this is not possible, you can buy a detachable elevated seat cover. Because a toilet safety frame is necessary after surgery.
Place non slip rubber suction mate on the floor of your bathroom
Slip or sudden fall is dangerous for both pre and post-surgery period. So it is important to place a non-slip rubber suction mate on the floor of your bathroom or near the toilet seat, bathtub.
Showering method after surgery
Protect your surgical site from water
If your doctor does not use waterproof dressing, you must need precaution before bath. Please keep dry your surgery place, as moist dressing welcomes the bacteria, and induce infection.
Take plastic and cover the dressing area before bath. Make a double plastic cover to overprotect your surgery area. You can also use medical-surgical tape, if available to your nearby medical store.
Someone should assist you to take off your clothes
Someone may be your family member, mother, spouse, or any professional home care worker should assist you to take off your clothes and make you ready for the bath. Assistance is necessary after any kind of surgery. So always try to stay with your family.
Take a hand shower to wash yourself
You can sponge your body after surgery, or use a hand shower to wash. Once you finish your bath, turn off your shower, and slowly get up from your shower-seat with the help of vertical garb support. Make sure your hand is dry when you grab the support to avoid slipping.
Keep yourself dry after bathing with the clean towel, but don’t try to bend, as it will be harmful to you.
Frequently asked questions ( FAQ’s) about showering after hip replacement surgery
do you need a shower chair after hip replacement
Answer: yes, It’s always good to have a shower chair after hip replacement surgery and procedure.
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Taking care of yourself before and after surgery is important for a patient, As these simple steps will ameliorate the speed of your recovery. The doctor will do his work very efficiently, but you need to do several things for yourself. Hope this article is helpful if you are prescribed for hip replacement surgery.
Stay healthy stay safe!!!