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Wondering about kind of bed

beaverbbeaver Posts: 190
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
my husband will need after surgery? Would it be best to rent a hospital bed or continue with our own one? Also-our bedroom is upstairs. Can he even do stairs after his operation or should we turn a downstairs room into a bedroom? We have a downstairs bathroom but the shower and tub are upstairs. Am I borrowing problems here?


  • What type of surgery is your hubby having?
    How old?..A little more info??
    Iam 33, had a l5/s1 fusion/hardware and I needed nothing of the sort. Then again i didn't have many stairs to deal with..
    All the best

  • I am 54 and had a L4/L5 fusion 6 weeks ago.
    I have a bed (regular one) downstairs to make life easier. We arranged the bed before surgery, so didn't know how I would be. In general, I am much better than we expected. I could manage stairs as soon as I got home from hospital, but I must say that I still use the bed a lot. I sleep upstairs, but it is so nice to be able to relax comfortably alongside the rest of the family. I can't sit for very long, so then I can walk around a bit and then lie down. My husband has also raised the level of the tv so I can watch it from lying down in the bed.

    If I was preparing for this surgery again, I would still like to have the bed downstairs. It has made the recovery more comfortable and less lonely. Also when visitors come, I can sit and chat and then lie down if I need to. Spending daytime in a different place to where I sleep has also been great.

    I wish your husband a very successful surgery that will deal with his pain. Sounds like he has a very supportive wife. You will be a great help to him. :-)

    Keep asking questions, and do let us know how things go.
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  • A lot depends on how your home is laid out. How many stairs and if there are really good handrails. My house is all on the same level so I didn't need one. If you get a hospital bed it should also be adjustable which would be nice. I would say yes for at least the first 3-4 weeks.
  • I had TLIF at L5-S1 on February 2nd. I live in a 3 story house, with all the bedrooms & bathrooms on the top floor. I was able to do steps when I left the hospital and was allowed to go up and down 2-3 times per day.

    Luckily we have 2 extra bedrooms so I was able to set up my recovery room how I wanted it without worrying about disturbing my husband's routine too much.

    I would go downstairs for breakfast and lunch and walk around down there since there was more room and unfortunately we had a blizzard the day after I was released so going outside was out of the question.

    I was extremely uncomfortable in any bed and spent most of my recovery in a recliner, including at the hospital, with my surgeon's permission of course. So, I was glad I did not arrange for a hospital bed in advance even though I had thought about it. We moved a recliner up to my recovery room in advance so I had one upstairs and downstairs.

    I think a lot will depend on what type of surgery he is having and where he finds he's most comfortable, which is not always something you know ahead of time.

    I wish him the best of luck and a speedy recovery.
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