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Back braces

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
What kind of brace do/did you have and how long were you required to wear it?

I have the soft brace. Before my surgery, I was told that I would have to wear it for 2 months & at 1st post op visit (which was 5 wks after surgery), I was told that I need to wear it for 2 more months by another dr.

So how long was it for you?
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  • I have the hard TSLO brace (clam shell, turtle shell, Madonna suit). My L5-S1 posterior fusion surgery was 8/21. I am still in my brace now, to be worn unless I am laying flat or in the shower. I think my OS is ultra conservative,lol. Maybe at my 14 week appointment, I will lose the brace, dont know yet. As of my 10 week appointment I had no fusion showing. We will see.

    Take Care,
    Shell
  • I had the TLSO brace as well. I had it for 8 weeks, then weaned over the next 2 weeks. Once out of it I have had a lot of new pains in my upper back and SI joints. Guess my muscles got lazy and my joints stiff from being in that thing. All docs are different for sure. >:D< Cali-Sue
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  • My Dr doesn't believe in using braces as it makes the abdominal muscles slack. He prefers his patients to start doing abdo exercises to build up the core strength right from the start.
    Each Dr is different.
    Blessings Sara O:)
  • 12 weeks here my doc was conservative but told me I could take it off to sleep, shower and sit....only problem was that I couldn't sit comfortably without it. It took me a loooong time to wean off of it but I think I needed that support to heal due to my hypermobility.
  • Kristie:

    I had a TLIF and had a flexible brace, not the hard "turtle" shell. I had to wear it when I was up and walking the first 6 weeks, I fused at 6 weeks. I also had to wear it the first 6 months when I was out in the car. I have noticed that many are advised to wear their brace until fusion is complete.

    Ellen
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  • ... my 1st post-op follow-up yesterday. The last question I asked him was how long should I wear my brace (soft brace given to me before I left the hospital - I also purchased the brace that Lo recommended. Great brace!!). The surgeon told me that I could quit wearing it as soon as I was ready. I tried taking it off for most of yesterday and sleeping last night without it and I must admit, the compression from the brace feels really good.
  • Immediately after surgery, I had a hard TLO brace. At my 5 1/2 week appointment, I was switched to a soft corset brace.

    Today I am at 13 weeks - had an appointment with my surgeon this morning and he said I can stop wearing the brace, though it may be best to wean myself off it over the next several weeks.
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  • Kristie said:
    What kind of brace do/did you have and how long were you required to wear it?

    I have the soft brace. Before my surgery, I was told that I would have to wear it for 2 months & at 1st post op visit (which was 5 wks after surgery), I was told that I need to wear it for 2 more months by another dr.

    So how long was it for you?

    for now i don't experience for that kind of injures,but if you like to know some idea or info just research in other site related to back braces,
  • It is certainly interesting to see how differently various surgeons view the brace issue. I have a turtle shell brace which I am still to wear at 4 months unless reclining, sleeping or in the shower. Today I have xrays again and hopefully the dr. will tell me I can ditch the brace!
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