Bathing

 For the first week or two after surgery many patients will opt for sponge baths. As your strength and stability grow, taking a warm shower or soaking in a large bath tub is a wonderful experience. Buying a stable shower chair is very helpful. If your shower floor is slick, you can purchase peel and stick decorative applications which stick to the shower floor and provide a non slip surface. Crutches and wet floors don’t mix and are dangerous fall hazards. If you already own crutches, you might want to practice getting into and out of your shower before surgery, with the nonslip applications on the floor and grab bars installed.

If you have a tub, medical equipment shops, Home Depot and Lowe’s (check online) sell a plastic bridge with a sliding top, which sits partially inside the tub, to allow you to get on outside the tub and slide over into the tub easily. Be sure that you have enough upper body strength to get yourself out when finished bathing. It might be a good idea to practice this, using one leg, before your surgery. Remember, you will be much weaker and less stable after surgery.

Buy a waterproof shower cover from a drug store to keep water off of your incision. Some tubs may have enough room on the sides to allow you to prop your leg up on the side while in the water and while wearing the cover.