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rehab facility for postop L5-S1 fusion question?


I am a new member. My husband had l5s1 fusion 3 days ago. Still in the hospital having a painful recovery. We always planned on him going straight home but the therapist mentioned rehab facility as an option after discharge. Has anyone gone and found it useful? If yes, how long did you stay?

We have 2 small kids and I also work out of home a few days a week. I have been in the hospital with him and he seems to require some help every few minutes.

Thanks for any input.


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  • I went to a rehab hospital after the hospital after my fusions/fusion revisions. It's hard work, not like a regular hospital. Nurses/therapist "supervise" your activities, but they don't do them for you. They will talk him through getting dressed every morning, bathing, etc. and then he'll spend his day going from all types of activities. I think it made a tremendous difference in my recovery.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • I went to a rehab hospital after my spinal infection surgery and again a year later after my 5 level fusion. I spent about 2 weeks there each time. It was necessary for my recovery and it made being home much easier. Now, if your husband is going to a rehab section of a nursing home, I might be concerned. I have first hand knowledge, my father, and it was not a good experience. Your husband needs to be worked and worked hard to get back his strength and build up his confidence. A rehab hospital will do that.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
  • Thanks so much AllMetal and Dick. This is helpful. The whole rehab vs. Nursing home rehab thing is new to me and I will make sure to ask what exactly is available. May I ask what was wring with nursing home? Is it because it us for much older people? Did your rehab facilities had a daily check of wound dressings and visits from doctors? Thanks again!
  • At a rehab hospital, thats all they do is rehab. They want you to become self sufficent as quickly as possible. A nusing home rehab is much different. Usually, they have a small section of the facility set aside for rehab patients. Regardless of age, a person is sent to a nursing home rehab for a number of reasons, level of care and insurance coverage being two of the main reasons. The intensity of the rehab along with the facilities are not on par with a rehab hospital. Where I am from, there are three levels of rehab care. Level 1 is the most intense so you go to a rehab hospital. Level 2 is less intense and you go to a regular hospital that has a rehab floor or section. Level 1 is for those that don't need intense therapy, they need more time to recover before going home. That is a nursing home rehab.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
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