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Unread 10-19-2016, 05:12 PM
Upcoming hysterectomy 11/21 - wondering if I'll need a shower chair

Hi ladies , I've been lurking on here for awhile now. My DaVinci surgery is tentatively scheduled(waiting for pre-authorization from ins). I'm having everything removed. Have read a lot of very helpful advice! I'm wondering if I will need a chair while showering and if so, for how long? Also, will I need help showering there first week?
Thanks in advance. You ladies Rock!
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Unread 10-19-2016, 06:12 PM
Re: wondering if I'll need a shower chair

Hi Elizabeth,

I'm sure you will receive many different answers on your question but here is my experience. I was very tired and a bit unsteady for the first week, so I definitely needed help with my showers. Also, I was a bit loopy from the Meds used during my surgery, so I thought it best to have some "adult supervision"

I'm sure a chair for come in handy, especially for washing your hair, but I didn't have one. Perhaps if you would use it even after your recovery, it would be more of a worthwhile purchase for you.

Here is an article with tips to keep in mind:

Do's and Dont's for Showering

Hugs and best of luck On your upcoming surgery.
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Unread 10-19-2016, 06:22 PM
Re: wondering if I'll need a shower chair

I showered the morning after my surgery on my own and was ok. After that I was fine showering every morning no chair or help. I have a separate shower and didn't have to climb into a bathtub, which I imagine would have been a little more challenging.
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Unread 10-19-2016, 06:31 PM
Re: wondering if I'll need a shower chair

Thanks so much ladies! I'm not going to buy a chair, was thinking if I actually need something I have a plastic lawn chair I can use lol.
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Unread 10-19-2016, 06:41 PM
Re: wondering if I'll need a shower chair

I had my first shower when I got home from the hospital three days after surgery. I was off narcotics by then and didn't need any help, which was a good thing as I live alone except for the cats, who are not useful in the shower.

I didn't need a chair, nor did I have trouble stepping into the shower stall. If you have a tub to step into, that might be more an issue?
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Unread 10-19-2016, 06:41 PM
Upcoming hysterectomy 11/21 - wondering if I'll need a shower chair

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Thanks so much ladies! I'm not going to buy a chair, was thinking if I actually need something I have a plastic lawn chair I can use lol.
Necessity is the mother of invention

Hey, save money and recycle/repurpose too
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Unread 10-19-2016, 06:43 PM
Upcoming hysterectomy 11/21 - wondering if I'll need a shower chair

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I had my first shower when I got home from the hospital three days after surgery. I was off narcotics by then and didn't need any help, which was a good thing as I live alone except for the cats, who are not useful in the shower.

I didn't need a chair, nor did I have trouble stepping into the shower stall. If you have a tub to step into, that might be more an issue?

Yes - I know firsthand - cats are not helpful in the shower - although a shower chair would be lovely for them sunning and swatting bottles
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Unread 10-19-2016, 07:33 PM
Re: wondering if I'll need a shower chair

I had a shower chair as I was pretty unsteady the first couple weeks. After that I put my leg on it to shave. It was much easier than trying to bend down.... now I use it for a chair in the bedroom. They are not expensive, so that is why I got it. It it the round one with no back.
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Unread 10-19-2016, 07:42 PM
Re: wondering if I'll need a shower chair

I already use a shower chair that I had left over from when I had major knee surgery. I liked it so much I never stopped using it! I continued to use it after my Hysterectomy. I had my DH stay nearby during my first shower post-op, but it really wasn't necessary. I was fine. But everyone is different. I would suggest waiting to see how you feel post-op before investing in a shower chair. You may not need one.

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Unread 10-19-2016, 08:31 PM
Re: wondering if I'll need a shower chair

I was severely anemic before surgery for quite some time. About a month before surgery I had a blood transfusion, which helped my energy levels a little. But for the most part I was exhausted. So I was already sitting to take showers before hand.

However, with that being said... To stand after surgery was more comfortable than sitting for me. So I showered standing up. I just had my hubby in the bathroom with me just in case things went awry. Lol but everything was fine.

Also I wasn't on any pain meds. I personally didn't have much pain per se. There was discomfort though. So that's another factor. Some can function just fine on pain killers and others can't. So just do whatever feels right. You'll know when the time comes. ^-^
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