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If you are coming up to surgery, its worthwhile getting yourself and your house ready. Skin and mouth infections represent the greatest risk of infection in joint replacements after surgery.  Get any dental problems sorted, and avoid gardening in the two weeks before surgery.

Tripping hazards around the house such as rugs and hoses should be removed before going to hospital.  You may need more space to get around furniture with a crutch. If you are tall and having a hip replacement, you may need a higher chair,  for others, a “carver” chairs with arms rests may suffice. Noting that toilets are generally low, a raised toilet seat is often recommended.  Very low beds will need to be raised.  Our pre-admission nurse at St John’s can help arrange these for you.

– Mr David Mitchell

Example of a “carver chair” with armrests.