It's very important that you follow your surgeon's instructions when
you return home after surgery as they will provide specific
information for your condition. While individual rehabilitation
recommendations may vary, here are some additional ideas that may make
life a little easier once home. Please discuss these with your surgeon
before you’re discharged from the hospital.
- If using a walker or crutches to assist with walking, ask your
doctor how much weight you can put on your recovering
- You will probably be instructed to use both arms
to get in and out of chairs.
- A shelf placed in the shower
at chest height may help you avoid bending to retrieve items while
in the shower. Ask your doctor about whether a bath or shower is
appropriate and whether your incision site should be kept dry.
- A bathtub seat or bench allows you to sit while bathing for
safety and comfort.
- Sweeping, mopping, and running the
vacuum cleaner will most likely be temporarily prohibited.
Long-handled feather dusters for dusting high and low items can be
useful. Your doctor will tell you when it is okay to do these
- You must follow your doctor's instructions for
how to get in and out of the vehicle if you ride in a car. 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 traffic.