It's very important that you follow your
surgeon's instructions. Additionally, here are some suggestions that
may make life a little easier at home. Please discuss these with your
surgeon before you are discharged from the hospital:
Remember that you'll probably tire more
easily than usual. You may want to plan a rest period of 30 to 60
minutes midmorning and mid-afternoon.
and easier to get in and out of chairs using both arms, and you
should avoid low or overstuffed furniture. To increase your comfort,
use a cushion or pillow to raise your body while seated.
elevated toilet seat may reduce stress to your hips as you sit and
A shelf placed in the shower at chest height help you
avoid bending to retrieve items while in the shower.
bathtub seat (bench) allows you to sit while bathing for increased
safety and comfort.
A long-handled bath sponge may be used
to reach lower legs. Women can also purchase razor extenders for
shaving their legs.
Avoid sweeping, mopping, and running
the vacuum cleaner. Use long-handled feather dusters for dusting
high and low items. Your doctor will tell you when it is okay to
sweep, mop, and vacuum.
You may ride in a car, but ask your
doctor. If yes, you must follow your doctor's instructions for how
to get in and out of the vehicle. You can raise the height of the
car seat with pillows to protect your hips. Your doctor will talk
with you about when you can drive, typically within four to six
weeks after surgery. If you have a car with manual transmission,
talk with your doctor about driving limitations. Make sure you can
use the brake without discomfort before you attempt to drive in
Constipation is a common problem following surgery.
This is usually due to your limited activity and any pain
medications you may be taking. Discuss your diet with your doctor.
It should include fresh fruits and vegetables as well as eight full
glasses of liquid each day, unless your doctor tells you
Your doctor will probably give you a prescription
for pain pills. Please follow your doctor's instructions concerning
Some swelling around the incision is
normal. You'll find it more comfortable to wear loose clothing to
avoid pressure on the incision. Ask your doctor or other qualified
health professional about appropriate wound care.