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Bathroom help after surgery - raised toilet seat/shower seat? Bathroom help after surgery - raised toilet seat/shower seat?

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Unread 11-10-2011, 09:30 PM
Bathroom help after surgery - raised toilet seat/shower seat?

Hello all,

My surgery is scheduled for Dec. 13th. I don't know what to expect about bathroom use after the surgery. Would a raised toilet seat (with handles) be helpful? A chair seat for the tub/shower? Not sure...any help would be appreciated. I'm nervous and scared, but am getting prepared. Thanks in advance!
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Unread 11-10-2011, 09:40 PM
Re: Bathroom help after surgery - raised toilet seat/shower seat?

I had the same fears & even rented a camode(sp?) & a raised toilet seat (bathroom on a different level). I was so surprised that I didn't need either. I used a regular toilet at the hospital first time they had me walking - wasn't too bad. AND I am 5' 9" - I thought the toilet would feel so far away but it was ok.

My rented camode has been my extra side table - decorated with flowers LOL
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Unread 11-10-2011, 09:56 PM
Re: Bathroom help after surgery - raised toilet seat/shower seat?

Thank you very much Janine!
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Unread 11-10-2011, 10:56 PM
Re: Bathroom help after surgery - raised toilet seat/shower seat?

I thought about a raised toilet seat, but decided to wait. I did however buy a used cane and kept that in the bathroom. It was helpful in getting an extra push up. The other thing I did was to practice rising from a sitting position using only my quad muscles. I sat on the edge of the bed and lifted to standing until I could do it 10 times in a row. It took about a week+ to work up to doing that easily.
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Unread 11-10-2011, 11:41 PM
Re: Bathroom help after surgery - raised toilet seat/shower seat?

I put a bench and handheld shower head in my bathroom last remodel. It's been the absolute best thing I did for myself. Makes showering on even the toughest days not so bad. I highly recommend it post surgery!

It seemed like a long way down to the toliet post surgery, so a raised toliet seat might not have been a bad idea. I'm actually considering replacing all the toliets in the house with the new taller ones that I'm finding in new hotels ("comfort height" 16-18 inches vs. "standard" 14-15 inches). Figuring this wasn't my first surgery and won't be my last so higher toliets might be a good thing.

I think anything we can do to make for a more comfortable recovery is a good thing. Good luck to you!
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Unread 11-11-2011, 01:09 AM
Re: Bathroom help after surgery - raised toilet seat/shower seat?

Personally, I love my mom's taller handicapped toilets with no problems but have wondered the same thing about my house which has the regular ones for after the surgery. I know that I didn't have many problems with them after my gallbladder surgery but have heard this will compare more to my c-section than the gallbladder surgery where it was harder getting up and down from a seated position. I have long legs for my height and just like the taller toilets better and have considered getting them if I ever have to replace mine (just not willing to replace something that works fine). So, glad that ShatziLKF feels the same way!
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Unread 11-11-2011, 04:38 AM
Re: Bathroom help after surgery - raised toilet seat/shower seat?

I think your current toilet will be fine - I personally had no problems sitting on anything except my low couch!

However, I was offered a portable shower seat I could borrow, by the hospital. Had to fill out a form for it, but didn't have to hire it, as in pay anything for the use of it. I did find this really helpful, as I had a TAH with a large vertical incision, and found it easier to wash my legs and feet sitting down.
Also, in case I felt a bit faint (which I didn't)
I made use of this for about 2 weeks and then I just called the number on the form and someone came and collected it off me!
Not sure if you can borrow equipment like this in the US.
A hand held shower is a big help, too, or one you can adjust the height of, perhaps.
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Unread 11-11-2011, 05:42 AM
Re: Bathroom help after surgery - raised toilet seat/shower seat?

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Originally Posted by piscesjavagal View Post
Hello all,

My surgery is scheduled for Dec. 13th. I don't know what to expect about bathroom use after the surgery. Would a raised toilet seat (with handles) be helpful? A chair seat for the tub/shower? Not sure...any help would be appreciated. I'm nervous and scared, but am getting prepared. Thanks in advance!
My friend leant me her raised toilet seat.

I have not needed it.
I am 7 days post op today.
I am still taking a narcotic every 4 hours. A lower dose than I came home with.

My friend was unable to take the narcotics, or any pain medicine very well, so she was needing the raised seat.

Sitting on the potty is not painful for me in any way.
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Unread 11-11-2011, 04:39 PM
Re: Bathroom help after surgery - raised toilet seat/shower seat?

Thank you all for all the responses! I have been thinking about some sort of seat for the shower...and may just look into a raised seat too. I'm sure I'll be ok, but just want to be over prepared.
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