@SurreyGirl - They do have the wrap around crutches here - just don't find them on every corner like the underarm crutches. We have the same issue with what to do with walking aids when you're done with them. I found two rolling walkers for $40USD on an online classified. My husband cleaned them up, detailed them to new working condition. He has the spare one hanging in the garage and we'll sell the other. Folding walkers and crutches are readily available not only in stores but in what you call charity shops there. So pretty easy to recycle. @Carriemay60 - Ah yes, the bowel issues. Constipation is something they talk to you about in your pre-surgery classes and tell you to get prepared for with whatever works for you. The surgery, narcotics, and inactivity can all contribute. My surgeon told me that when I went in for surgery I was borderline anemic and the surgery topped me into being anemic so to take iron tablets. Great... they too add to the problem. I found lots of suggestions and sort of knew my system. Yes, you can get Senokot here. I had picked up the suggested stool softeners and made sure I had prunes, prune juice and some herbal tea for the issue. They've all gotten me through without any serious issues. Note: magnesium can also be a laxative so keep that in mind as you create your home care. Knowing now that many people are deficient in magnesium, I might have started taking it well before surgery along with my other supplements. Walking sticks - great idea and I will ask about them. Might consider ordering some on UK Amazon and have them shipped to my mother-in-law's rather than fight with them in travel. I'm sure she'd just let me keep them there... and goodness knows, she'd be welcome to use them if she wished. I know she does have problems with a knee. Good luck with your upcoming surgery!!!!!!