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Pre Surgery

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Before Surgery: Preparing Your Home

You may want to make a few simple changes around the house before your surgery to make life easier and safer after surgery. Reduce household hazards now. Also, limit the amount of reaching and stair climbing you'll have to do. By planning ahead now, you'll have less to worry about during recovery.

  • Stock up on canned and frozen foods. Store all supplies between hip and shoulder level. That way you can get to them without reaching or bending.
  • Prepare a room on the main living level if you usually sleep upstairs. Or set things up so you have to go upstairs only once a day.
  • Pick up clutter and remove throw rugs.
  • Tape down electrical cords.
  • Ask someone to help care for children or pets until you
    feel better.
  • Have some treats ready to take your mind off the pain. Rent a few videos, or check out some library books.

Special Equipment

  • Special equipment may help you have a safer and easier recovery. If pre-op training is offered, try using the devices before surgery.
  • Some of the most helpful equipment includes:
    • Elevated toilet seat
    • Shower seat
    • Handrails and grab bars to help you steady yourself
    • A grasping device to pull on socks and shoes

Arrange for Assistance

After your surgery, you may not be able to drive for a couple weeks. If you live alone, ask someone to stay with you for a few days after surgery.

For More Information

If you have questions or concerns about pricing for inpatient, outpatient or cosmetic surgery procedures, please call our price quote line at 816-943-4717. If you have questions about our surgical services, call us at 816-943-2612.