Can Bath Chairs & Benches Benefit My Healing Journey?
Having a bath chair or bench in your shower after the surgery
can significantly minimize the risk of sliding or falling down during the early
phase of recovery when you may be drowsy, tired, and low on energy due to the
anesthesia, pain medications in your system and the general physical trauma
of surgery. Having this kind of comfort and safety when you shower is a great
tried-and tested tip that patients recommend to practice for a week or so until
your energy level is restored to normal and you are no longer on pain medications.
Beyond safety, the bench will also make your showering experience more comfortable
and make the task of soaping up your body easier. With a bath bench, you will
not need to bend over much to reach harder to reach spots. For many cosmetic
procedures, it is advised not to bend down below the level of the heart because
this action can worsen swelling and bruising and expose you to a hematoma. Additionally,
a bath bench or chair will also allow you to clean all parts of your body easily
without twisting around and turning your head unnecessarily. This is a valuable
benefit to patients having facial cosmetic procedures, as twisting and turning
one’s head excessively can worsen your symptoms. Further, if you are comfortable
in letting your caregiver wash and/or rinse you off (which quite a good number
of patients do), sitting on the bench or chair will be more convenient and make
your caregiver’s job easier. Your caregiver will not have to reach any
long distances to wash the appropriate spots.
It is recommended to purchase the chair or bench before the
procedure to have enough time to try it out, make adjustments, and properly
place it in the shower. If you have not placed the chair or bench in the shower
or bath before your surgery, you should ask another person for help. For many
cosmetic procedures, it is not recommended to lift anything (including a bath
bench or chair) until 3-4 weeks post-op.
Can Bath Chairs & Benches Benefit Me In My Everyday Life?
Beyond using a
bath chair or bench during your recovery, this product is a great addition to
your everyday life and can be used for more comfort, safety, and to have better
balance while showering.
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