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What do you wear after surgery?



  • For those that don't like the silky jammies, I use a silky sleeping bag over my sheets to help slide around better.
  • I had my L4-S1 fusion 8 weeks ago. let me tell you jeans will not be comfy for a while. the first two weeks I wore a sports bra. easier to take off and on. draw string or elastic waist shorts, pajama pants, i suggest a light weight tshirt or cami for under your brace. it will make you sweat. you will need slip on shoes or someone willing to put your socks and shoes on for you. I have a Miami Lumbar LSPN belt. i call it the turtle shell. THe hard brace part goes from my butt to mid thorax. it has the pull strings to cinch it like a corset. yes it shoves my boobs up to my chin and I have big boobs....good luck
    injury 12/29/09. L2 henamgioma L3-S1 desiccation protrusion narrowing, L5-S1 nerve rood displaces, L4-5 annular tear DDD L5-S1. surgery 4/24/12
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  • Pink2lip said:
    I am wondering what types of tops do you wear after surgery? I am a female. I had my pre-op today and the nurse told me I would have to wear button down shirts after surgery. I do have to wear a brace for 3 months post-op. I don't want to buy extra button down shirts if I don't need them. I normally wear tee shirts and the weather is pretty warm up here in NY.

    So, what tops did you wear after surgery.
    Hi Pinkslip,

    I'm large chested too. I recently had a shoulder surgery and became absolutely consumed with worry over what to wear after the surgery. I hated the idea of having to ride home from the hospital with no bra and just my boobs swingin around under a man's button down shirt. I hate button down shirts especially in summer. Of course, when the time came, I didn't care at all. It was just my brain picking something specific to get worried about rather than worrying about the real problems. I had to return to the doc the next day for a checkup, and I wore an elastic top sundress (the kind with a band of stretchy fabric across the top, that a small-chested girl could wear with no bra) over my sweats and a zip up hoodie over that. I felt pretty comfortable and covered up.

    Still, I understand completely and so when it came time for my back surgery yesterday I was really worried again about getting dressed. I vividly remembered wearing my brace 8 years ago (this was more of a soft corset) through a very hot and sticky summer, so I tried to get as prepared as possible. I brought a thin camisole top with a shelf bra to the hospital with me, along with elastic waist sweats. The nurse dressed me and put my bra on by clasping it in the front, so it actually turned out to be relatively easy. Of course, your surgery is a much bigger surgery than mine.

    The day before the surgery I went to TJ Maxx and got a perfect short cotton nightgown. It even came with its own robe. It's about knee length, so when I put my brace on over it it doesn't pull it up too short. It is sleeveless and I'm wearing my bra from yesterday under it. I am so happy I got it as it was a last-minute purchase.

    Feel free to drop a line any time. I can't sleep either and the pain meds have got me feeling chatty!
  • I'm very chatty by nature.... but pain meds makes it worse for me too....lol. I can't shut up. I'm so thankful to be off of them because who knows what secrets I'd share if I had to take them permanently. Glad I'm not the only one!
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Hi there. I had decompression and fusion to L4-5 on June 13/13. It has been really hot where I live, and even when I am resting I am sweating. So thank heavens I have not required a brace! That would have been unbearable. I have found that wearing stretchy-knit loose boxers are the best. I can wear them low on my hips so they don't touch the incision scars. And just a big loose T-shirt. But it gets more uncomfortable when you sweat. I just don't like anything crunched up and damp pressing on me at night, so I just sleep starkers :-O TMI maybe, but it is soooo much more comfortable.

    48 year old freight handler. Bilateral foraminotomy, decompression of nerve roots and reduction of spondylolisthesis at L4-5 with open PILF and autogenous bone graft from left hip - June 13, 2013
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  • I forgot to mention haven't had a bra on since surgery 07/02.
    Was going to put it on going home and nurses said don't even bother because youre too swollen.Went home in silky night shirt and robe over my brace.
    Still can get my bra on from all of the swelling- around part not the cups.
    Trust me, at no point did I care since it was a bad pain day.
    99/00 L4/5 & L5/S1 herniation
    2001 L5/S1 microdisectomy age 25
    severe DDD at surgery level
    2011 pars
    2012 RFA L/3/4/5
    7-02-13 L4/5 l5/S1 360 fusion ALIF PLIF
    DX spondylitis , DDD, scoliosis, and slight kyphosis
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