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Old 02-09-2013, 01:46 PM   #1
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Question Bathroom question

My head is spinning with surgery questions that may seem silly. How do you go to the bathroom when you're foot is to be elevated at all times post surgery? Does someone go with you to support your leg? I need to get a picture in my head. My surgery is in April.

 
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Re: Bathroom question

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My head is spinning with surgery questions that may seem silly. How do you go to the bathroom when you're foot is to be elevated at all times post surgery? Does someone go with you to support your leg? I need to get a picture in my head. My surgery is in April.
The more you keep your leg elevated the faster your recovery but you certainly don't have to be confined 24/7. You actually do need to get up and around for circulation purposes. You should be able to handle bathroom tasks without help.
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Old 02-09-2013, 02:10 PM   #3
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Re: Bathroom question

Hey, I asked this same question!! You can rest your cast on the floor when you use the toilet. At least that is what I was told and what I do. Gently. I also have very very low toilets in my house -- which my mother (hip and knee replacements) told me. I had no idea. So I bought an inexpensive support that rests under my toilet for assistance that I use to lift myself on one foot. Easy peasy!
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Re: Bathroom question

You keep your foot elevated as you maneuver to the bathroom. Once "seated" you rest your foot gently on the floor. It'll be ok.

 
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Re: Bathroom question

It is hard pulling up off the seat since you can't put weight on foot so get one of those things to raise the seat and I had my walker locked in front of me I was able to pull up on it some. Cathy

 
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It is hard pulling up off the seat since you can't put weight on foot so get one of those things to raise the seat and I had my walker locked in front of me I was able to pull up on it some. Cathy
Raising the seat? Cathy sounds like a female name ,therefore no need to raise the seat. Lol
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Re: Bathroom question

Huh? Either male or female ya gotta sit sometime lol! Cathy

 
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Re: Bathroom question

You need to ask your PCP, or the surgeon who will perform the surgery, about this concern. They might tell you that you can lower your leg for several minutes for toilet visits. I don't know however, if you mean that you were advised not to lower your leg for the purpose of weight bearing. Ask your doctor!

 
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Re: Bathroom question

Brandie, keep asking these questions as you think of them. I did and I was very well prepared for my recovery at home. I just had a major reconstruction of my ankle and foot 4 days ago. I have a little folding foot stool sitting near the toilet for propping my left foot on. I have a weak right knee that I had surgery on last Sept so I am finding it very challenging to get up when I have to put all my weight on that weakened knee. I really like the knee scooter I am renting..way better than the crutches...it serves more purposes than just getting from Pt A to Pt B. I will not put my foot down on the floor at all because I find that the blood rushing to that area when I hold my leg down is very painful for me.
Don't worry Brandie, you'll find what is comfortable for you and then you will look forward to those trips to the bathroom just for a change of scenery!

 
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Thanks you made me smile!

 
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Re: Bathroom question

I am 3weeks post PTT repair. I found handlebars that attach to the back of the toilet and the legs that rest on the floor to be the best. Quick to install, sturdy, and makes getting on and off the throne safe.

 
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Re: Bathroom question

Does the seat have legs? Hubby installed a seat w bars in each side. And it's high. Also good. From med supply store. Also from CT. I had pttd in NYC. YOU.? Hope you are doing well. It's a long road. Am into week 10.

 
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Re: Bathroom question

My dr told me I had to have my leg foot above heart for 50 mins of every hour, this allows for toilet breaks, lol. I put my foot on the floor sometimes it throbs but you are soon up and back on the bed with it elevated. I never bought a raised seat at home, but have plenty of things to pull myself up with.

Funny story, I have just been to a restaurant tonight for my daughters birthday tomorrow, well I couldn't hold on and needed a wee, so my daughter came with me, seemed like a half marathon as it was across the side of the restaurant, got there went into disabled toilet, it was filthy, kids had obviously been in there, missed the toilet..... Well you can imagine.
Now picture doing the female hover, as I did not want to sit on the seat, but with only one leg, lol good job there are no cameras!!!!
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Old 02-10-2013, 02:52 PM   #14
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No, the handles attach to the back of the toilet under the seat- the toilet seat screws hold both the seat and legs in place. The arms come up from the back and down on either side of the toilet. So, you are still using the actual seat, more comfortable this way, rather than those hard plastic seats. I had my surgery here in CT at an outpatient, ankle specialist, he has been wonderful and attentive. Recovery thus far has good, minimal pain after the first 3days, which were hell. I keep my foot elevated at all times unless I am using the facilities. Minimal swelling due to this and very little pain.

 
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Re: Bathroom question

Sounds like you doing just fine. I wish you well. And thank you for the information about the toilet. I'm not sure exactly what you had done but I was in the hospital for five days and my surgery took six hours. I'm now into the 10th week of recovery. So it sounds like you had a little bit less done than I did and I hope that everything goes well with you. No matter what is done it's still painful. Thanks, eeoj.

 
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