Any advice re a TKR pack?

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Do I get a foot strap and a plastic stocking for the shower? What else is helpful and where do I get it? My TKR has been brought forward.

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    My dressings were waterproof, did not need anything for the shower? They gave me new dressings just in case they got dirty but was in the shower the day I got home. 
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    I wore a plastic carrier bag in the shower! Able world do sell fancier, more expensive coverings. I would see what the hospital will lend you as regards anything else.

    Best Wishes. x

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    Usually showers and tub baths are not allowed until stitches/staples are removed and all signs of drainage has completely dried up. Until then sponge baths are the order of the day so I wouldn't see any need for a plastic wrap or cover of any kind. Others may have a different approach.
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      I said to the nurse the day I came out , what can I put over my leg to shower. She said you will be fine to have a shower straight away the dressings are completely waterproof. I didn't have a drain after my op. She took the dressing of to check the wound and put a new one on and gave me about five new ones in case. So I had a shower from day 4 everyday. 
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    I didn't have staples or stitches, my wound was glued. I had waterproof dressing and had a shower on day 2 of my op, in hospital. Once home had shower everyday and then once dressing was off was told to cover wound with cling film. I'm now 8 weeks post op and since about week 5 have used nothing. I'm sure the hospital will advise you anyway after surgery.

    Good luck!! 😉

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    I used a carrier bag and a dressing gown cord it's only until the wound is dry and dressing / staples out. Max three weeks post op. Just wash legs in a bowl or sit in shower with leg out! You will manage don't worry . A trolley on wheels is very useful for moving things around. A toilet frame to help you sit and stand. A shoe horn! A litter picker for picking things up. I needed these as I was on my own but otherwise get a Slave! You should be advised by an occupational therapist as everyone is different . My mum had an amazing raised toilet seat as she is 83.
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