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Medical Equipment Needed After Surgery

ConcernedGrandCConcernedGrand Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Spinal Stenosis
After my grandmother's lumbar spinal decompression/spinal fusion surgery, what equipment would be most beneficial? Will she need a hospital bed, commode chair, lift, shower? Please tell me what equipment you needed most after surgery so I could get an idea of what we need to help make her more comfortable afterwards. Thanks!


  • Check out this post http://www.spine-health.com/forum/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/post-op-must-haves-0 I hope your Grandmother's surgery and recovery goes well. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I had a fusion of T10-S1 this Aug. I was fortunate that my insurance covered everything I needed.
    Hospital bed
    3 prong cane
    Raised toilet seat
    Shower chair

    The hospital provided a reacher/grabber, a long shoe horn, sock assist tool, long handled sponge.

    Hope things go well!!!!
  • ALIF fusion
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • MamaBear5MMamaBear5 Posts: 2
    edited 09/14/2014 - 5:54 AM
    I am 19 months post op from my T10-S1 Spinal Fusion. Wish I had found this site while I was early in the game. I have 17 screws and 2 harrington rods in my spine. I would love to chat with others that have had this many levels fused. It has been quite the ride. I had mild scoliosis as a kid and when I hit 51 it went bananas. It was to the point where as I walked I leaned to my left. My left hip and bottom of my rib cage were banging into each other. I am pretty convinced had I not had the surgery I would not be walking upright today. Recovery has been a very l o n g process. I have always been a very active person and I have had to adapt to doing the usual things differently. We won't even discuss trying to tie shoes for the first year or so. I still get a tightening feeling in my back, especially when the weather is damp. Yes, I can almost predict rain! Anyone else out there who has had this major of a fusion. Best thing I did was seek a Dr. that did the surgery using minimally invasive technique. The recovery process would have been twice as long and much more painful to recover from. Surgery was performed EDITED in two parts. Day 1 was 4 hours.... Two days later, surgery #2 was 8 hours. The nursing staff EDITED were amazing. Anyone contemplating the surgery and have any questions - happy to try and answer.

    Post edited - Naming of doctors or medical facilities is not permitted on Spine-Health. Please read the forum rules.
  • kinpainkkinpain Posts: 958
    edited 09/13/2014 - 5:33 PM
    My surgery was just a bit short of yours, I had a T12 - L1 fusion. I am not sure what do you mean about minimally invasive surgery, would you explain? My surgery was done in one day, took 3 hours and 15 minutes. This included removing the old hardware from a previous fusion. I ended up with two rods and 14 screws. I had some discomfort for the first 5-7 days, but no real pain. It took place exactly one month ago. Am doing quite well, wearing a back brace when I am up, and trying to walk around 1/2 hour or a little more each day. I break it down to a longer walk, about 20 minutes and later on a shorter one, for about 10 minutes. Other than that I am doing some leg and arm strengthening exercises, and some light housework. I still tire easily, so I rest quite a bit in between. It is a somewhat slow but steady recovery.
    Wishing you the best.

  • I know when I came home after my 360 fusion, the hospital bed mattress was so uncomfortable, I couldn't sleep on it. You could ask you grandmother's and your surgeon if you could purchase a memory foam or a type of mattress topper. Ask first, because they don't want the bed too soft. They may recommend one. Good luck to all.
    Take care and God Bless,
    Mary Anne
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