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I would strongly recommend collecting all the equipment you need a few weeks before surgery. You'll find some of it useful immediately and it will give you time to practice with it before you need to depend on it. One less thing to worry about post-op.
For patients attending private or independent hospitals the equipment should be available for you to purchase during your stay. crutches However you will probably find that it's considerably more expensive then buying it yourself - either online or from a store.
If you are being treated on the NHS then there is a very good chance you'll be lent most of the equipment you need. However it is only a loan and at some stage they will ask for it back. If you find it useful you might want to think about buying your own.
The following list covers all the most important types of equipment. Follow the links for more detailed information on each category, for prices and for product reviews.
If you are in the UK I would strongly suggest you get a slumber support. Some people find them a help before surgery as well but, importantly, they allow you to sleep safely on your side so that your leg's don't cross over (always check with your surgeon first though.) Apologies to all non-UK people but there is a mass of red tape that prevents shipping these overseas.
For buying information on specific products please follow the links in the previous section. You'll find more detailed information there along with some reviews and comments from readers.
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