Using the toilet
A raised toilet seat with arms is a must after hip replacement surgery and may also be helpful for some people after knee replacement. The device fits over your existing toilet seat and is designed to keep your from bending too much as you sit down. It also makes it easier for you to get up from the toilet.
- Keep your knee or hip precautions in mind at all times.
- Back up to the toilet seat until you feel it touching the backs of your knees.
- Keep one hand on your cane or walker while you reach back with the other hand for the edge of the raised toilet seat. If your seat has arms, reach back for them with both hands.
- Keep your operated leg out in front of you as you bend the other leg to lower yourself onto the seat. This is especially important after hip replacement and may be helpful in the first days and weeks after knee replacement.
When it’s time to get up, reverse the process:
- Place one hand on your cane or walker and the other on the edge of the raised toilet seat. Push yourself up using the arms of the toilet seat and keeping your operated leg out in front of you until you are standing. Be sure to get your balance before taking the walker.
IMPORTANT: The movements described here may not be right for a person who has had revision surgery. Your therapist will guide you.