: Hip Replacement Products
Hip Replacement Products
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?
For patients attending private or independent hospitals the equipment should be available for you to purchase during your stay.
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.
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.
- Reachers and grabbers - so handy for picking things up off the floor.
- Sock aids and shoe horns - you won't be able to put on socks or shoes until you are allowed to bend at the hip again. These really help.
- 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
Amazon.com - for a huge range of hip replacement aids
Crutcheze - for beautiful crutches and accessories
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.