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Bathing and Hip Replacement Surgery in a Shower-Bath

The recovery from hip replacement surgery can be a difficult journey. The surgery will hopefully restore your mobility after a hip fracture or joint damage from arthritis. You may spend several days in a hospital and anywhere from several weeks to months at home recovering.

If you have just been told that you may need hip replacement surgery you might have some work to do to prepare yourself and your home for the upcoming operation. While friends and family may offer their support, bathing and keeping clean is quite a private activity so remaining independent while recovering will allow you to keep your dignity.

Cleaning Your Body After Surgery

You may have been told that you’re not supposed to not bathe or go swimming for few weeks after your surgery – this doesn’t mean that you cannot clean your body in the meanwhile. It simply means that you should take a shower or a sponge bath until you can safely soak in water without risking complications with your incision. Treat your incision sites with care by washing it gently with a mild soap and rinsing well.

The 90 Degree Restriction

One thing you may have heard is that you should not raise your knee higher than your hip joint. Your doctor may have told you that you have an “L shape limit”, or that you cannot bend your leg more than 90 degrees. This simply means that you should not bringing your knee close to your body or higher than your hip to reduce the risk of dislocation. You can bend up to that point, but just not beyond it.

What do you do if you only have a bath?

Unfortunately, without better access to your bathtub it might be too dangerous to enter your bath without risking a dislocation from bending your leg more than 90 degrees. However, your occupational therapist or physician may help supply you with a bathboard or stool for your bath. With some careful and controlled movements you should gently sit down without twisting your hips.

All it takes is 1 day with UDOOR bathtub door installation service

UDOOR offer a simple solution to helping you with your recovery from hip replacement surgery by increasing your accessibility to your bath. The tall sides of your bath may be preventing you from entering and exiting the bath safely. In just 1 day we are able to convert your existing bath into a walk-in bath with our bathtub door. Our bathtub door considerably lowers the step in level of your bath.

We are able to supply you with a bath board, fit grab bars and apply an anti-slip coating to the floor of your bath. This, combined with our bathtub door could help you with retaining your independence while you are in recovery. Meaning that you won’t have the extra headache of major changes to your bathroom while you recover.

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Mr Vibhaker Kishore Baxi 11/05/20

In our new build apartment we were stuck with a bathtub as it was already fitted to allow a change to accommodate the need for my 97 yr old mother. Alternatives required removing bathtub and replace it with a shower tray or a walk in bathtub. Both expensive options and risking voiding builder's warranty. Then I came upon the U-Door option and I must say it has worked out very well at a relatively less outrageous price. They have been proficient in follow up, their engineer seems very professional and finished the job without any fuss.

Terry Day 30/04/20

We had a udoor fitted in our bath. We were very pleased with the service provided the tradesman who fitted the door was very pleasant and professional we have used it for while now and very pleased with it my wife has been able to shower with no problems.

John Gray 30/04/20

First rate product & First rate service. For a person with mobility issues like myself it makes being able to shower easy again. Two options completely remodel the bathroom or fit a UDoor. No contest. Quality, Cost and speed of installation Would recommend to anyone.

Maureen Brett 08/11/19

Louis came last week and fitted our bathtub door He worked very effectively and left no mess. He was very friendly and polite and ran through the necessary forms explaining everything very clearly. He also demonstrated the workings of the door before input. I have to say it looks amazing and is brilliant in its effectiveness. I'm really pleased with it and it already makes my life so much easier. The company itself appears to be very professional and kept me updated on when they would attend and even rang me to see if I would like an earlier installation date following a cancellation as they were aware of my surgery date. Very impressed overall and would highly recommend. Many thanks

Geraldine Wall 17/10/19

A brilliant solution to mobility problems with bathing! Having a Udoor in my bath has given me easy access but kept all the usual shower/bath options for other users. The family firm was easy to contact, pleasant, friendly and efficient and Joseph who did the installation was courteous, kind and very professional. Much more affordable than replacing the bath with a shower, too. I would recommend this solution to mobility issues to anyone- it’s brilliant!

Kenneth Duckwort 26/06/19

This was a remarkable experience. Firstly, Fay was able to arrange the UDOOR installation on an exact date and kept me up to date on procedure. Secondly, Louis arrived on a chosen time and began work immediately and swiftly. I admired his application and the meticulous attention he gave to every aspect of the door installation and the care he gave to “ no mess, no fuss “ method of working. He is a very diligent and talented engineer. Thirdly, Iam extremely satisfied with the door and thank you on behalf of my wife, to whom the UDOOR will be a boon. Ken Duckworth. Rugby.

Ted 02/06/19

No Fear Bath Time My wife Susan had polio when she was a child and has a couple of tumbles getting in and out of the bath. Our experience of dealing with UDoor was first class. Fay was the point of contact and was great to deal with. Louis came to assess the bath and then came a couple of weeks later to fit the UDoor. We've been using the bath a few weeks now and Susan can face taking a bath without the fear of falling. Thanks UDoor.

Anne 09/04/19

The door is really high quality and the man who came and fitted it was really lovely. From start to finish they have been so friendly and professional. I still can't believe that it only took a few hours to do and now I won't ever get trapped in my bath again.

Carole 05/04/19

First class service and first class product, everyone I dealt with was helpful professional and made choosing this company easy. Would definitely recommend choosing them if you are having problems with that big step over the bath.

Julie-anne 16/11/18

My Mother is delighted with her U-door installation. It has transformed her bathing experience and increased her independence, at a fraction of the cost of a new bathroom. The technician was polite, helpful and entirely professional, leaving absolutely no mess or cleaning up to do afterwards. Thank you U-door!