Preparing your home for your needs after surgery

It's important to prepare your home to be safe and ready for you after surgery. Use the following guidelines:

  • You will not be able to lift more than 20 pounds for four weeks after your surgery. Move heavy items you use a lot in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom to tabletop-height surfaces or to middle shelves.
  • Have access to a shower.
  • Make your phone accessible to your main seating area and bed. Cordless phones or cell phones are helpful.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Understanding Your Colon or Rectal Surgery, can-ah-95399
First Published: 01/24/2013
Last Reviewed: 08/15/2017