Hot Tub After Surgery

Hot Tub After Surgery

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HopeforChuck
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Hot Tub After Surgery

Hello Everyone,

I am 3.5 weeks post-op and wondering if anyone knows if it is OK for me to get in my hot-tub. It has AWESOME jets that would really feel great on my back. My incision is healed (anterior). I know my doc will say it is OK--but he says everything is OK--he's the same guy whose PA told me it was OK to stretch my hamstrings a week after surgery--and now I can still barely stand in one place without extreme hamstring pain. So....any advice? I'll ask the doc on Monday--the hot tub would be like having a massage or better--pretty intense jets.

Chuck

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Chuck

How do you get into the hot tub?
Do you have to climb in or is it like a pool?
I was able to do hydrotherapy (aquatherapy) 2 weeks post op so water isn't an issue if your incision is healed.

However you will need to be a bit cautious about getting too close to the jets and your incision.
Personally if I could step into it I would do so and stay in the middle of the tub or put the jets on gentle.
Enjoy ;))
Blessings Sara Angel

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hot tub

I agree with Sara. I too was doing some aqua therapy at about 2 weeks. However, I would be cautious of the jets near the incision as like she said it may open it up. I don't remember any hot tub restrictions once incision closed but I didn't ask either.

Happy Hot tubbing Party

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Just Do It!

Hi Chuck, I had 360 fusion on 11/10/2008 and my doc said is was ok to use my hot tub as long as the incision was closed. I haven't done it yet but I am in Wisconsin and it has been cold and windy. I will do it with my husbands help getting in and out. I also agree that staying away from those powerful jets is a good idea. Remember, you may looked healed from the outside but if you could see the inside you would think differently! We went through major surgery and must exercise caution. I say this because I too try to do too much. I am also doing stretches and feel fine, it's the 1 mile walking that seems hard. Go for it but be careful and have help getting in and out. By the way is your tub outside like ours. Nice to watch the stars out there. Let me know how it goes...

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Couple things

First, make sure you have some non-slip shoes or house shoes to put on as soon as you get out of the tub. Falling is a bad thing at this point.

Be careful not to stay in too long. Talk about weak legs getting out of the tub!

Keith

Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2

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My doctor did say the warm

My doctor did say the warm therapy pool or hot tub was good at about 4 weeks, but not to sit directly at the jets. Of course pending you can follow your restrictions getting in and out.

I love to sit in mine when it is snowing. However getting in out fast could be a problem. Thats pending your tub is outside,lol. Where I am from you need to run from the tub, up the steps and into the house pretty darn fast! Right now I couldnt do it. My suit would probably freeze in place by the time I got upstairs,lol.

Good lUck,
Shell

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What swimsuit!!!

Please don't tell me you wear a swimsuit in a hot tub! Geez, you gotta try it without it is sooo much better. If you have neighbors, try it at night or just throw on a towel when yo get out. They see more on TV these days so what the heck. We go in naked and don't much care because we are mostly secluded but Wisconsin winter is tough. My tub is right outside my patio doors so thats good. I heard that going from the tub to the snow is good for you??? I am not going to try it 3 1/2 weeks out of a 360 fusion but hey. there is always next year...

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Chuck

I would definitely ask the doc first. Have him look at your incision and make sure every bit of it is closed. Every one of us heals skin at a different rate and what is good for one, may not be good for another.

"C"

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Pika wrote:
Please don't tell me you wear a swimsuit in a hot tub! ..

Yeak, I would get arrested,lol. When we had it on the open back porch I was alittle more daring, now that it is in the yard its out of the question. Maybe we need to move it back on the porch. Sounds more fun!!

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Thanks!

Hey Everyone--

Past couple days haven't been so good so I haven't been on much. Thanks for your responses. It has been FREEZING cold here--so I wouldn't go outside anyway. I think someone asked--it is one of those new HotSprings hottubs--very powerful jets--I think I will ask the doc--although, I'm sure he'll say it's fine (like he said it was fine to take Excedrin for my headache two days after surgery).

This recovery is HARD! I realized today that I am doing way too much. Thank you everyone,

Chuck