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Im having surgery soon and have no idea what equipment I should have at home for after the surgery. i kinda know what to expectbut I want to be ready for when I come home. Any sugestios would be apretiated.


  • bergbberg Posts: 140
    edited 08/14/2012 - 4:33 PM
    Type in Post-Op must haves in the search box top of page. Good luck on your surgery.
  • EmilyEEmily Posts: 112
    edited 08/15/2012 - 12:33 AM
    The recommendation list on the site is excellent!

    For me, after my L5/S1 ALIF the most useful things were:

    1. Slippery satin sheet (for turning over)
    2. A proper hospital bed at home for first few weeks
    3. Shower chair and soap on a rope
    4. A back scratcher!
    5.Push-in slippers
    6.A wiper for the loo (curved handle that grabs wet wipe). The best purchase ever!
    8. Phone app (that my very clever daughter wrote) for medication schedule and dose linked to alarm
    9. Short attention span box sets for TV
    10. iPad (so much easier than laptop), wonderful as bedside TV on little book stand for when you're lying on your side
    11. Down mattress topper
    12 U shaped pillow (marvellous for draping over, propping up for visitors.)
  • a rise and recliner {electrical} is a must i could not have managed without mine .and i still use it today i sleep in it half the night and sit in it during the day ..we also had the bathroom remolded to have a floor level large power shower installed .there are some very good ideas above the grabber {try amazon cost about 6pound} a must .and be patient ALIF take some recovering from .its been 8 months since mine and i am no where near recovered .good luck
    tony {UK}
    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
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