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Showering after TKR?

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:what: Hi Everyone !
I wondered how long before you could shower after surgery ? Did you need to wear a protective cover over sutures ?
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It varies from place to place.

I had a waterproof dressing over my staples and was allowed to shower as soon as I felt up to it after the TKR
 

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I didn't have staples but rather dissolving sutures and derma bond (sort of a skin super glue.) With the right knee I went in on Friday, came home Tuesday and showered as soon as I got home. With the left knee I came home a day earlier but was still able to shower as soon as I got here. No protective cover needed, my OS said just don't bath or swim for several weeks. The first day home that shower and shampoo were every but as beneficial as the pain meds!
 

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With both knees, had staples and could shower after the 5 days- no protective covering as long as I did not take a bath and soak the leg. However, I managed to wash my hair in the sink at the hospital the second day - cannot stand unwashed hair on myself.
 

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Me too. Though I didn't have a fully waterproof dressing at first so I used a plastic legging as below. I cut the foot off as plastic bags can be treacherous on a wet floor. I also showered on day 4 whilst still in hospital.

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It is entirely up to the OS and his protocol---I had to wait about three-four weeks before I could shower---and boy, did it feel great! I would sit in the shower---I had a stool to use---and let the hot water help loosen up my quads.
 

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I had staples and came home on day 4, took a shower day 5 with no covering.
 

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I had staples. They told me it was OK to shower when I got home. They told me I didn't have to cover over the dressing, as it was supposed to be waterproof.
 

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I took a shower when I got home from hospital. I had a plastic covering which I got on Amazon and sat on a shower stool. I had to keep my incision dry as long as the staples were in. At day 12 they came out and I could wash incision gently. I continued to use the shower stool for a few weeks for comfort and safety.
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about one week after surgery-- I was told to remove the bandage and just let the water flow over the knees- not to scrub or soap them up at all. No cover or anything.
 

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We have a glass shower door on our bath tub instead of a shower curtain. Should i consider removing it to get in and out of shower easier? I am having tkr and do not know if I will be able to get in the shower with it on. Any advice?


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That depends on how much room you have with it! Not being able to see it for ourselves it's almost impossible to say. But you will need plenty of room to swing your leg over.

I also had a shelf on my bath which had to be far enough down the bath to be able to reach the taps and shower head. And since the hand basin is right beside the tap end of the bath, it also had to be far enough UP the bath for me to swing my leg over! I'd sit on the shelf with back to the bath and then lift legs one at a time into the bath. I also used a leg lifter for the operated leg, so plenty of space was needed for that too!

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My guess is it would be easier without the door. Maneuvering can be tricky early on.
 

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Thank you! There really is not much room so I think it will be better if hubby removes it.


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I showered the day my at home pt told me I could, so day 8 I was in the hospital a little.longer than norm. I didn't cover my incision and had staples. My therapist said just make sure I pat it dry really good and no lotions until the staple scanning was gone . I used vitamin e oil when the scabs were gone. We had a shower door and it did work better taking it off, I am thinking of keeping it off for good now. I have a shower seat and a rubber shower mat ...also my therapist said the best soap to use was dial gold... took his word for it
 

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I had staples too. I showed on day 3 of the surgery, when they transferred me to inhouse rehab. They just covered up the knee with plastic, so it wouldn't get wet. The shower at the hospital had a nice teak bench.

At home, I have a small shower bench for the tub.
 

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My incisions were "super glued" and was told I could shower the day after surgery. I just let the water run over the incision....of course I didn't really rub it or anything. I patted it dry and was fine.
 

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My ORS had me wait 2 weeks ....when the staples were removed. Was the same for both knees.
 
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