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Clothes After Surgery

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by pharman, Aug 22, 2008.

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  1. pharman

    pharman New Member

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    What would you recommend to wear after the surgery? What would be easiest to get on and off while the incision heals? I'm trying to prepare myself and my home for after the surgery and that includes clothing. I think sweats would be the most comfortable once on, but how about getting them on and off? Any advice would be most welcome! Thanks!
     
  2. stwalker

    stwalker Junior Member

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    I wore hospital gowns in the hospital because it was easier with IVs and going to the bathroom. At home I wore lose fitting capri. Comfortable things to sit around with leg propped up on pillows and easy to get to for icing it down. Sometimes I just wore pajamas.

    Hope this helps
    Sue

    Good luck with your surgery
     
  3. clwhit

    clwhit Junior Member

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    I bought some nice knit loungers (pants and tops) that I could wear around the house. I didn't feel uncomfortable if we had company come over. When going out, I had some loose fitting pants that I could wear.

    Before I came home, the OT gave me a bunch of assistive tools to use in helping me dress. I found the grabber was the best to help me get my pants on. I was also given a tool to help me put my socks on as well as a long handled shoe horn. These all made me very independent.

    ~Carol
     
  4. rejoyce318

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    In the hospital, I wore my favorite nightshirt & bathrobe once I was allowed to take my shower the day after surgery (I couldn't have cared less what I wore the day of surgery!). I had loose gym shorts that I tucked up @ home so they wouldn't irritate the staples in my incision (pulled 'em down when company came!). I also wore loose, comfy sundresses.

    Looking @ the replies so far, the consensus seems to be "stay loose!" The bag of tools the OTs gave me in the hospital were great, especially the sock puller-on-er & the grabber. The leg lifter (aka, invisible dog's leash!) was helpful the 1st few days till in-home PT exercises kicked in. I had a long-handled sponge for the shower, too.

    Joyce
     
  5. jaz

    jaz Senior

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    I wore gowns in hospital and gym pants with long sleeved T's at home. Track pants with an elastic ankle are a bit of a struggle but straight leg are fine. Now I am back at work I have two pairs of trousers that are stretch. One slightly and one quite a lot. I wear these with flat black shoes.
     
  6. chaloo

    chaloo Junior Member

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    I wore elastic trousers with loose ends. Slip on flat shoes. Grabber was the most useful of all the tools.

    All the best with the surgery.
     
  7. rejoyce318

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    I just posted this info on another thread, but it's something to consider. Before my surgery, I invested (i.e., dropped nearly $100) on a pair of Propet brand slip-on sneakers. They're machine washable, which I've not had the nerve to try, supportive, comfortable, & still fit (o.k., it was a tight fit!) when the ankle on my operated leg swelled up a few days after surgery).

    Even though I can tie my shoes now, I still wear the slip-ons to PT b/c they've purchased a Wii Fit, & I have to be in socks to play those games.

    Joyce
     
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