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How long should I use the raised toilet seat?

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by Catwoman, May 22, 2009.

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  1. Catwoman

    Catwoman Junior Member

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    Hi, I've been using the raised toilet seat since my op 4 weeks ago. Does anyone know how long I should keep using this for? I went to my parent's house today and managed ok with their toilet without the raised seat. What do you think?

    Cat
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    Hi Cat, I used mine as long as I had the 90 degree precaution. I am very long-legged so I needed the height to maintain the 90 degrees. At 6 weeks the precaution was lifted, and I ditched the raised seat.
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    I have a high seat on our guest bath so I can use it easily but still have the raised one in my bath just because of the handles and being able to get up just in case. I would think as long as you are observing dr orders and if they lifted 90 then you could ditch it..but in my paperwork it says "keep toilet seat and walker for 5 years as insurance only pays for one every 5 years" lol
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    How long should you use it? As long as you feel you need to.
    How long do you have to use it? As long as your restrictions last!
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    I tried to ditch mine at 6 weeks when the OS said I could. But, since I don't have anything to assist me standing (like a counter or railings) nearby my standard low seat toilet I am still using it at 11 weeks. My mini-squat exercises are making it easier to get up and down normal chairs without arms and I'm hoping soon I'll be strong enough I too can ditch the raised toilet seat. :pray:
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    Hi
    I was told I could stop all precautions at 12 weeks, but as I am still having some aches I am using raised loo seat at home. However if I am out and about I am not as concerned with finding disabled loos!!
    I have tried at home without and it feels like I`m sitting on the floor!! At first I hated having it, but now it feels like the norm!!
    I agree with Josephine too.
    Nikki
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    Hi Cat,
    It was six weeks for me, as long as the restrictions. Have to admit I missed the seat when it had to go back to the hospital - I too am long legged, and the "normal" height seemed a long way down for the next few weeks. At work, I used the disability toilets for a while, as they seemed to be marginally "higher" than normal...

    Cheers,
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    Thanks everyone for your replies. Although I'm not tall I'll keep using it at home, probably until 12 weeks. When I use normal hight toilets they do feel very low.
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    I am new to forum but am 6 weeks post-op. Had right total hip after 3 years of dealing with hip pain. Long story. I understand that toilet seat will be used until 90 degree restriction lifted, which is 3 mos. for me. However, I am wondering if I will be able to do yoga and or pilates without fear of dislocation. Does anyone have any experience? Thanks
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    Mambo, we have had several forum members who have gone back to yoga and pilates at some point after hip surgery. You just need to go slow and coordinate things with your doctor or therapist so that you're following their rules.
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    Welcome, Mambo!!! The one to best answer your question is your OS! Take it easy!! :)
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    Gee I didn't know there were restrictions on the potty. I think I gave mine up around 4 or 5 weeks. But I did have a new hi toilet
    put in 18 inches in lieu of the 15 inches.

    It still is a little low as I am tall. But it is getting easier
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    First of all, why are all toilets designed for midgets to start with? I like the higher seat, so if a midget comes to visit at my house, they can just use a step stool. Everything in our homes have been made more modern over the last hundred years, but toilets have not changed at all......... how would you design the new toilet of the next generation? Maybe a reclining toilet with a TV on the wall? Hehehe.....you could watch a movie without having to miss any of it for a bathroom trip. j/k

    Hop
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    :rotfl: Too funny Hop! I have been voicing that opinion myself now for some weeks....I agree totally!
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    I say we protest to the makers of toilets! Were not going to stoop that low anymore! Shape up or poop out!
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    The new ones MUST be designed by sadists! Or very religious monks! Or.......I'm NOT going to get in trouble here!
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