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Unread 02-08-2019, 04:15 PM
Upcoming hysterectomy 2/28: Will I need a shower chair...

Wondering if I need to get a shower bench/chair for showering after surgery? My shower is tiny and I don't have a bathtub (so the shower space is my only bathing option). I need a shower stool that is 13 inches but rated for 350-400lbs in order for it to work and I haven't found anything that will work yet. But do I even need one?
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Unread 02-08-2019, 04:25 PM
Re: Will I need a shower chair...

If you can handle not showing straight away, you can probably manage without one. I tried showering when I got home but found I was just too unsteady to be on my feet that long - I almost fainted off on my first couple of attempts. The general anaesthetic must have been still working it's way out! Since I wasn't being very active to get sweaty I just went with it and had a cloth wash while sitting down, and I think I managed a proper shower after a week.

I would suggest, if you can swing it, to have someone in the house the first time or two (even a good friend if you don't have a partner) to keep an eye on you just in case you do wobble off.
Unread 02-08-2019, 04:29 PM
Re: Will I need a shower chair...

I have a tub/shower combo and was able to shower without problem my 1st day home, no chair needed. I had a TAH so I had a 2 day hospital stay. If your not steady enough for a few days just giving yourself a wash would work as suggested by Princess Wolfie.
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Unread 02-08-2019, 04:57 PM
Re: Will I need a shower chair...

I used a milk crate with a towel on it.
Unread 02-08-2019, 06:37 PM
Re: Will I need a shower chair...

I was just fine on Day 2 at home - hubs was downstairs had I needed anything but I wasn't particularly unsteady.
Unread 02-08-2019, 06:47 PM
Re: Will I need a shower chair...

I used one but I didn't need one. So, if you find one that works and really love long showers, that's great. But, if you can't, you will likely be fine! I also didn't try to shower immediately afterward--I waited a couple of days.
Unread 02-08-2019, 06:53 PM
Re: Will I need a shower chair...

I showered in the hospital the mornings no after my surgery, and every day after at home. No problem, no chair needed
Unread 02-08-2019, 06:58 PM
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I took my first post-op shower when I got home from the hospital three days after surgery and never needed a chair. I have a shower stall with no bathtub too. It was quite convenient to just be able step into the stall without having to step *over* the higher wall of a tub. :-)
Unread 02-08-2019, 07:40 PM
Re: Will I need a shower chair...

Hi MarchAngel -

I had a TAH BSO. I stayed in the hospital for 3 1/2 days. On day 2, I showered and needed a shower chair. On day 3 I had it available to steady myself, but did not need to sit. When I got home from the hospital I was able to very carefully climb into my tub-type shower. I kept the showers short, and DH helped me in and out for several days.

You may plan on not showering for a couple of days, or just have someone there to help out if you need. Keep your showers short, until you start to feel better. You will probably be restricted from taking a bath (or swimming) for quite a while.

Unread 02-08-2019, 08:41 PM
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i had no problem showering without a chair. i do have a tiled cornor bench that i put my foot up on to shave my legs. i would rather do that than sit and bend over. its what you're more comfortable with and feel safe with. i'm sure a medical supply store will have one that fits your needs.

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