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Hip Replacement Products

Your safety depends on you having the right hip replacement products. They will also make life a lot easier and help speed up your recovery.

When Should I Get The Equipment

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.

Will The Hospital Supply The Equipment?

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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.

A growing number of NHS Trusts are now refusing to supply any equipment and will discharge a hip patient until they have proof that you have bought the equipment yourself

What Hip Replacement Products Do I Need?

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.

Consider buying a hip replacement product package. These are supplied by a number of companies. The packages provide a range of equipment from a fairly basic selection to an "everything included" one. Prices, of course, match what's in the package but should provide a saving over buying each piece separately.

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  • Bathroom aids - long-handled sponges and brushes, grab bars, showers, bath seats and general safety
  • Toileting Aids - these include commodes, raised toilet seats and portable urinary devices
  • Dressing aids - helps you put on those baggy trainer bottoms which I strongly recommend for keeping you warm and comfortable.
  • Furniture raisers - high seating is essential in the first few weeks post-op - these provide short and long term solutions.
  • Walking Aids- which consist of: -

Where Can I Buy Hip Replacement Products?

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.

Products I Recommend

USA stars and stripes

Amazon.com - for a huge range of hip replacement aids

Crutcheze - for beautiful crutches and accessories

UK union jack

Amazon.co.uk for a huge range of hip replacement products

Active Mobility Centre - dedicated to helping people with mobility issues

Glam Sticks - for individually designed canes and crutches - bling on a stick! NB: For personal reasons Debbie has closed this site until March 27th 2012. I'm leaving the link here though as it's such a great site and you might want to make a note of it.




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