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Post-Op Must Haves

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  • =D> Thank you to everyone who contributed to the suggestions in this thread and for posting it as an easy to find 'sticky'. I'm getting ready for surgery in a couple of weeks and knew this forum would have the answers to most of the questions running through my brain. :0) There are lots of items on here I hadn't even considered.
  • Your list is great, have been preparing myself for surgery. Would like to xanax for those who are like me and axious. Called my GP today and she gave me a prescription, it is helping, I am actually starting to feel human again,and hoping to sleep tonight.

    ilene
    Ilene
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  • Your list is great, have been preparing myself for surgery. Would like to xanax for those who are like me and axious. Called my GP today and she gave me a prescription, it is helping, I am actually starting to feel human again,and hoping to sleep tonight.

    ilene
    Ilene
  • for this invaluable list, i'm all packed and ready now 2 more sleeps to go. I've packed the ear plugs, eye shades, chocolate for the nurses, terri towling thing for my hair, mirror, pretty much everything that was suggested. I'd love to take my lap top but my husbands too worried it'll get stolen so unfortunately it stays home.

    Anyway thank you again to everyone who contributed to this list, I would have been lost without it.
  • Keep the suggestions coming!

    LOVE the idea of the treats in your room for nurses Kat!

    Also, YES, I would be asking for anxiety meds if you need pre-op.

    ...best of luck all!
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  • WOW what a fantastic check-list. Thank you so much to Amy and others for compiling it.

    My surgery isn't for another 8 weeks, so have plenty of time to get organised. What would I do without our Spine-Health forum !!

    regards
    Trish











    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • Best of luck Trish!

    Also, check out everyone's comments, there are a lot more tips.
  • I went to my doc office today to discuss surgery, and I asked him for a notebook about what to bring to the hospital for surgery, and he told me to come here. Thanks for posting this valuable list. Especially for the trashbag thing for coming home. I have to travel about an hour home from the hospital, I live in northeast kansas, and the hospital is an hour away from home.

    Annular tear, L4L5 and L5S1
  • I HAD TO KEEP ICE PACKS ON 24/7 FOR ABOUT 5 WKS AFTER POSTERIOR FORAMINOTMY!!! IT BURNED SO BAD!!! WORKED GREAT!!!
    Luckily my husband was home with me & took very good care of me!!!!!!!!!
  • Cleverlee -

    I suggest Posting a Topic and asking more than just me -

    As for me, I was on Roxicodone (5mg - a 1/3 dose) with Phenegren for the nausea, this was after the Demerol shots the first few post-op days. I needed LOTS of anti-nausea stuff the entire hospital stay. Sometimes it was so bad they had to do suppositories instead of oral.

    When I got home I started taking the Roxi less and less. I was able to take a muscle relaxant at night to help. This was probably that first post-op month.

    Finally, for those last twinges about 2-3 mo. post-op, when I was DONE with trying to work with the Roxicodone, I was prescribed some Valium. I also took Melatonin (OTC Supplement) at night.

    Now I just take Tylenol PM (the Melatonin lasts too long into the next day for me to wrok effectively)- still every night, but it takes just enough of the edge off for me to fall asleep for at least 4 hours each night.
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