Using the Toilet

After hip surgery, if your toilet seat is lower than knee level, you will need a raised toilet seat.  You will also need arms to help you sit down and get up more easily.  Patients after knee surgery may also benefit as using the toilet is often difficult when they initially return home.

Some raised toilet seats have arms built in or a device called a versaframe may be attached to the toilet to provide arms with adjustable height. 

 

Using a raised toilet seat with arms

Using a raised toilet seat with a versaframe

 

Using a raised toilet seat with arms

  • Back up until you feel the toilet seat against the back of your good leg
    sitting on toilet
  • Sliding your operated leg forward, place both hands on the arms of the raised toilet seat
    sitting on toilet
  • Slowly lower yourself to the toilet keeping your operated leg out in front of you
    sitting on toilet

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Using a raised toilet seat with a versaframe

  • Back up until you feel the toilet seat against the back of your good leg
    sitting on toilet
  • Sliding your operated leg forward, place your hands on the arms of the versa frame
    sitting on toilet
  • Slowly lower yourself to the toilet keeping your operated leg out in front of you
    sitting on toilet

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Last Updated June 11, 2013 | © 2007, LHSC, London Ontario Canada