For the first 3 weeks you may need assistance to wash your un-operated arm, as you will not be able to use your operated arm for this. It may be possible to use either a cubicle shower, or an over bath shower. Please remember to keep the surgical wounds dry and protected whilst washing. Waterproof dressings may be provided by the hospital to wear when you are washing, alternatively these can be bought from a chemist. To dry yourself, it may be easier to put a toweling bathrobe on, which will help to dry your un-operated arm.
You will find it easier to wear front opening clothes. Always dress your operated arm first. Sit on the edge of a chair or stand with your arm ‘hanging’ by your side. Slide your operated arm into the garment first using your un-operated arm.
For the first 3 weeks after your operation, you will feed yourself with your un-operated hand only. After this time you may return to feeding yourself ‘normally’ using both hands.