Total Hip or Knee Replacement – What kind of medical equipment I need?

Going through a hip or knee surgery is surely and hopefully the closure of a long journey suffering from joint pain, difficulty walking, and likely using several medical equipment and supplies at home.

Although either procedure will not be pain free, going through a joint replacement is aimed to help improve an individual’s quality of life.

Nonetheless, ensure you keep your equipment for at least five years; especially if your health insurance covered them. This is because they will not approve the same medical equipment if it has been five years or fewer from the last time the item was covered.

In addition, if you had a joint replacement, often times you will probably need one of your other joints to be replaced (eg. knee, hip, or shoulder-either right side or left side).

What types of Medical Equipment do I need?

Total knee replacement


You will need both a front wheeled walker, and a 3:1 commode. In regards the commode, often times it is not strongly suggested to have it as long as you have a raised toilet.

However, I do recommend you also get a commode. This is because it helps to support you while in the toilet, in the shower, and also near your bed (if you can’t walk all the way to your bathroom).


Total hip replacement

total hip replacement

Also, for the total hip replacement procedure, you will need both a front wheeled walker, and a 3:1 commode. In this case, the 3:1 commode is definitely needed, since the hip needs to be at 90 degrees for at least a few weeks, or until it is completely healed.

Not having the walker or commode at the time of going home can lead to serious consequences including the displacement of your hip.


In addition, because of safety precautions, many hospitals, and facilities will not discharge you home until you have all of your medical equipment secured or delivered.

Bariatric Medical Equipment


For those patients that have a weight of 300 lbs or more, you will need instead bariatric front wheel walker, and a bariatric 3 in 1 commode. In addition, you might not be over 300 lbs, but have a wide body, often times a bariatric medical equipment (usually the bariatric 3:1 commode) might also work better for you.

If you are not over 300 lbs, and definitely need a bariatric medical equipment, you might have to pay an extra charge if your insurance paid a portion of the same.

If you are over 300 lbs, you might have a higher copay due that bariatric medical equipment is more expensive than the standard medical equipment.

Other Helpful Medical Supplies

Although, it is unlikely that your health insurance will cover the below items, purchasing these might greatly assist you during your recovery period. 

  • Hip Kit-useful for both, knees and hip surgeries. The kit has small supplies that are very useful throughout your recovery period
  • Shower chair-especially if your commode did not fit in the shower
  • Toilet riser-to maintain your toilet elevated at all times
  • Grab bars-if you are able to install these in the shower, you will have a better experience while you shower
  • Weight Scale-tracking your weight to avoid gaining pounds for a speedy recovery

What would my health insurance cover?

This is a very common inquiry I get from the patients, but there are several health plans, with thousands of different health policies. Whether you are having a total hip or knee replacement, until your medical equipment company runs your insurance, it is uncertain whether your health plan will cover the above items. The good news is that most of the time, (based on my experience) these items will be covered by your health insurance.

If for any reason they are not covered; I strongly suggest that you purchase at least the front wheeled walker, and a 3 in 1 commode being that if you don’t, you might compromise your joint surgery.

I cannot stress enough the importance of having medical equipment after surgery. Having a joint replacement surgery itself is a very costly procedure. Ignoring the need of your medical equipment, which is a very small portion of the cost, can significantly increase the risks of post surgery complications.

Please contact your health insurance if you have any questions or concerns about your health coverage for medical equipment, or the procedure itself. 

Total Knees or Total Hips surgeries-Purchasing your medical equipment via Amazon

You are likely a member of Amazon, or at least have heard of Amazon before.  A great deal of our patients take advantage of their great prices, and purchase their medical equipment, and or supplies through Amazon. 

Amazon has a great variety of medical equipment and supplies at very affordable prices. I researched each item below, and found great prices. Just click the desired product below and you will be redirected to Amazon, and the specific item you are looking for.

Click below to be redirected to the specific desired item at a great price:

If you are going to use your insurance for the items above, below are the widely recommended items not covered by health insurance. They are also from Amazon, and are pretty affordable as well. 

Just click on the desired item, and you will be redirected to the specific item on Amazon.


*Both the front wheel walkers, and the 3 in 1 commodes are considered mandatory for at least the total hip replacement procedure. It is very unsafe to leave the hospital or outpatient surgery clinic without either of these items.

As explained earlier, often times you will not be allowed to discharge the medical facility until you have both medical equipment items. Consider purchasing both if you have no coverage for the 3:1 commode and/or front wheel walker.

**Often times, for the total knee replacement surgeries, the 3 in 1 commode is not a mandatory item. However, the 3 in 1 commode is highly recommended due to the extra support it provides you during shower, at the toilet, and next to your bed. Consider purchasing the 3 in 1 commode if your insurance does not covers the same. For the total hip replacement, you definitely need the 3 in 1 commode (as explained above).

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