TKR advice

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Hi everyone,im 52 and having a TKR in a few weeks time,i have been offered a device that goes over the toilet to help me during my recovery and i feel a bit embarrassed about getting it..Is it really beneficial to have one of these things,feeling very nervous about the op too..Thanks

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    Take it! I needed to buy one. Your knee will only be able to bend so much. The device on the toilet will allow you to sit and stand with more ease. I had both knees done, I even had a handicap bar placed next to my toilet and one in my shower. Both have been very useful.
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    I am also 52 and nearly 4 wks post PKR I don't think you need anything to go over the toilet really I just pushed myself up using the seat and the wall or in hospital just the seat....Once stood up just use the crutches...its surprising what you can do although at first it's hard going....good luck
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      My bathroom is also very small, so I too refused the offer. I held on to the toilet door handle, both for easing down & getting up!! (it is exactly opposite the loo). I ended up having muscle ache in the arm - muscles I hadn't used for quite a while I guess!!
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      Our bath is also very small.  Had it not been for the pedestal sink right next to the toilet I'm not at all sure how I would have gotten up or down.

      One day, forgetting I had the knee surgery (I know, strange, huh) and in a hurry to "go" I sat on the toilet as usual.  What excruiating pain in that knee when it bent.  But....in the long run, it was probably good for me.  Couldn't have convinced me that day though!

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      I did something similar going downstairs.  I missed the bottom step and my knee bent regularly, instead of the cautionary way I had been treating it.  WOW, did that hurt!  My physical therapist told me these things were probably the best things that could happen to me.  Stretched out, bent, and even torn loose some of the scar tissue happening.
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      Yep, going up the stairs, not so bad, but that downstair bit is so different!  The instant it happened out came my good for everything words (oh, sh%t).  After I recuperated some I made the comment I bet that was actually good for me, and sure enough, the PT confirmed that.
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    I'd take it, I found it very helpful and easier than trying to push up from the toilet seat or wall....... But each to their own. 

    Please dont worry about the op, it is hard going at first but so worth it in the end 

    good luck 

     

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    Oh, by all means, receive it with gratitude.  You will be so happy you did!  Getting down and up from the toilet was most difficult the first couple of weeks at home!!!
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    I'm 44 years old hen Antonio replacement on January 8th 2015 I was kind of embarrassed about getting one too but I still use it it's well worth it
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