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Discharge equipment: Items you may need after knee replacement surgery

To ensure a safe recovery after your knee replacement surgery, you may need to use some special equipment. You must use a walking aid (walker, crutches or a cane) after your total knee surgery. Any other items are optional based on your needs.

Insurance will only cover the purchase of a walker, pair of crutches or a cane. You must purchase any other equipment needed.

 

A walker will help you walk after surgery

A walker will help you walk after surgery.

Crutches will help you walk after surgery

Crutches will help you walk after surgery.

A hand-held shower head allows you to control the spray of water while sitting.

A hand-held shower head allows you to control the spray of water while sitting.

A long-handled sponge can be used to wash your feet

A long-handled sponge can be used to wash your feet when you can't bend and to wash your back so you avoid twisting.

A raised toilet seat will make it easier for you to get on and off the toilet.

A raised toilet seat will make it easier for you to get on and off the toilet.

Installing grab bars around your toilet, bathtub or shower will increase your safety during transfers.

Installing grab bars around your toilet, bathtub or shower will increase your safety during transfers.

Elastic laces let you slip in and out of your shoes easily while keeping them tied. The long-handled shoe horn helps you guide your foot into an already-tied or slip-on shoe.

Elastic laces let you slip in and out of your shoes easily while keeping them tied. The long-handled shoe horn helps you guide your foot into an already-tied or slip-on shoe.

A reacher helps you get things from high and lower levels. It can also helo you put clothes on the lower part of your body. Start dressing your surgical leg first and undress it last for increased ease.

A reacher helps you get things from high and lower levels. It can also helo you put clothes on the lower part of your body. Start dressing your surgical leg first and undress it last for increased ease.

A sock aid helps you put on socks without bending.

A sock aid helps you put on socks without bending.

Tongs can be used in place of a reacher. Or they can help you with your hygiene care after you use the toilet.

Tongs can be used in place of a reacher. Or they can help you with your hygiene care after you use the toilet.

A tub chair lets you sit while taking a shower or bath.

A tub chair lets you sit while taking a shower or bath.

A tub transfer bench can help you get in or out of the shower/bathtub. You can also use it to sit while taking a shower or bath.

A tub transfer bench can help you get in or out of the shower/bathtub. You can also use it to sit while taking a shower or bath.

 

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Source: Allina Patient Education, Total Knee Replacement, third edition, ortho-ahc-90140

First published: 10/01/2000
Last updated: 12/01/2006

Reviewed by: Allina Patient Education experts