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Bed Rails???

I'm having a lumbar spinal fusion next week and looking for advice on what I should have at home to help me get in and out of my bed?

If you used a bed rail, where did you get one and was there a certain brand that you liked?

Thank you!


  • i kept a walker next to my bed. i would use that to get some leverage to get up. actually even once i didn't need it to walk around anymore, i kept it next to my bed for months, just because it gave me something to pull up on when i wanted to get out of bed.
    Microdisectomy / hemi-laminectomy 6/2010 and revision 10/2010
    Cervical fusion C4-5 and C5-6 9/2011
    Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 6/2012
  • I didn't have any issues getting out of bed once I got home. Your PT in the hospital will show you the proper way to do it. I only needed help in the hospital for 2 days getting in and out then I was able to do it on my own without having to hold onto anything.
    10/28/13 - ALIF, PSF, decompression at L4/L5 and L5/S1
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  • PT will show you how properly get in and out of bed. You shouldn't need bed rails at all at home. I slept in the recliner the first few days at home after my fusions.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • RubyTuesdayRRubyTuesday Posts: 195
    edited 02/19/2014 - 7:51 AM
    I didn't buy bed rails after my lumbar fusion. Just got out of bed the way they taught me...the log roll.

    Good luck!
    Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
    Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry
  • thank you so much for the advice! i remember the "log roll" from my 2 discectomy surgeries. i'll stick with that:)

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  • I used the walker next to the bed too, I have a high bed and that extra help really worked. I only used it for the first week coming home
    Herniated discs & DDD at L4-L5 and L5-S1; ALIF L4-L5 & L5-S1 on 1/10/2014;
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