Living Arrangements

Although many patients are able to move well after surgery, they find they are unable to do everything for themselves when they return home. Movement restrictions and having to use an aid for walking for at least six weeks are often barriers to doing simple tasks like bathing, cleaning and preparing food. If you live alone, you should consider:

  • Discussing the option of having a family member or friend stay with and assist you for a period of time after surgery
  • The possibility of staying with family or friends after surgery, until you feel comfortable to manage at home on your own