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Having spine surgery, date will be set this week.

etcbymdeetcbymd Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi,

I am a 67 year old female, just recovering fully from LTKR, now to undergo a L3-5 Transforaminal lumbar Interbody fusion with decompression. I know its a serious surgery, and being a widow and living alone makes it even worse. I would like some advice on what to expect , how to prepare, things like that...anything would be appreciated.
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  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,745
    Hi, and welcome to s.h. forums. Go onto the Back and Neck surgery section and post your questions there on your surgery. Also click on the "post op must haves" in that section. You will get all of the help you need.
    Good luck, Jim
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  • Hi and Welcome to Spine Health. There are some excellent articles and threads here that explain what to expect and how to prepare. Having your home prepared in advance is one of the best things you can do.

    http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/back-surgery/preparing-back-surgery-patients-advice

    http://www.spine-health.com/forum/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/post-op-must-haves-0

    These two links are full of excellent information on how to prepare and they may even surprise you by pointing out things you wouldn't normally have considered.

    Since you live alone, there are a few extra things to consider and services available that will help tremendously too. Meals on Wheels is an excellent service that helps reduce the need to cook and clean dishes. http://www.mowaa.org/Page.aspx?pid=253

    Do you have a friend or family member that might be able to stay with you or check in on you several times a day for a few days once you get home? The first few days are usually pretty achy and having someone there to assist is a blessing.

    Anyway, read through the links a bit and see if they generate more questions and ask as many as you want. We are here for this reason, to help.

    "C"
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  • j.howie said:
    Hi, and welcome to s.h. forums. Go onto the Back and Neck surgery section and post your questions there on your surgery. Also click on the "post op must haves" in that section. You will get all of the help you need.
    Good luck, Jim
    Took care of moving this to the Back and Neck Surgery Forum. Excellent suggestion sir!

    "C"
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