What Happens After Surgery
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Since mobility will be a challenge, make sure your home is prepared for you when you get out of the hospital.
- Things you use daily should be at arm’s length so you don’t bend unnecessarily
- If your house has two stories and your bedroom is upstairs, have your bed moved downstairs temporarily
- Have someone else move furniture so you have room to get around with crutches, cane or a walker
- Get rid of loose carpets or exposed electrical cords that could cause a fall
- An ottoman or footstool is a comfort for helping you keep your operated limb straight out in front of you when sitting
- Pockets, pockets, pockets. Wear garments that have them for necessities – or carry a shoulder bag
- Things to keep within arm’s reach at home:
- television and remote controls
- facial tissues
- a pitcher of water and a glass
- reading materials
If you live alone, you’ll probably need to stay in a rehab center for a prescribed period of time. Make sure your insurance covers this cost.
When you finally get home, you’ll probably need home nursing care for a week or two to help
- with bathing
- supervise your exercises
- make sure you don’t over extend yourself
- check your medical supplies
- check your daily necessities