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ADMoul
03-27-2010, 04:53 PM
We're thinking of doing a patio renovation that would include a hot tub. A friend of mine who's about a year post-op from her revision surgery swears by it, and I think it was even recommended by her Dr. Anyone out there using one on a regular basis, do you find it helpful, do you have any limitations on usage because of your surgery? Have been in them on vacation and at the gym where I swam (and it was wonderful) but obviously haven't been in since surgery. The idea sounds heavenly, but right now only my husband can try them out in the stores. If you use one, does it have a lounge where you can recline as opposed to just sitting? I know this is sort of frivolous compared to some of what we talk about on here, but just trying to gather info. before spending big $$.
Thanks.

RitaR
03-27-2010, 05:32 PM
I, too, am interested in this answer.

debbei
03-27-2010, 06:27 PM
My husband bought me one about 5 months prior to surgery, because I had so much lower back and nerve pain down one leg. It helped tremendously (although, of course, temporarilly). I had a FIT a few days after originally going into the hottub to discover that I had hottub folliculitis. These HORRIBLE, UGLY rashy things mostly on my trunk and the insides of my arms (where they rubbed against my bathing suit). I made my husband empty the tub and start all over, and then I was really REALLY careful to check the water prior to going in.

I wouldnt go in the hottub maybe a month or so prior to surgery to make sure I didn't get an infection and risk having to reschedule.

Since my surgery was in Oct and we live in NJ, I was NOT going into the tub in the dead of winter. But starting last summer, I was in it almost daily. I had many muscle spasms last summer and the tub was a great help. It felt great, and I wasn't uncomfortable at all. I got a little head rest pillow and it was just great.

Yes it's frivolous, but it sure feels great on our backs.

titaniumed
03-28-2010, 01:20 AM
Anne

I used mine before my surgeries. Actually it was my accountants idea since I had a chunk of medical expenses the year I bought mine. I had a Doctor recommend it in writing and I wrote it off.

I used mine for years prior to my surgeries. During my recovery, I used my bath tub quite a bit. Hot water, 106 degrees works very well with high levels of pain.

I have a high end model, ozone bulb, (thatís mandatory) neck jets, recliner.
After a full fusion, the recliner doesnít match my back so, Im only hitting on 2 points, my butt, and the top of my shoulders, which doesnít exactly float the boat anymore. The neck jets are great....

I donít use mine anymore.... donít really need it. I guess thatís a good thing.

If I were to do it over again, I would pick out a high-end deep tub with jets for the master bath, and re-do the bathroom. That boosts the value of the home, hot tubs have no resale value. Its easier to deal with, use it in the winter, no chemicals needed, and probably use less power.

Always use a licensed contractor.
Ed

LindaRacine
03-28-2010, 11:46 AM
Hi...

Like Ed, I got a letter from my surgeon recommending hot tub therapy to relax my muscles, and had it installed shortly after my surgery. It was heavenly.

--Linda

RitaR
03-28-2010, 03:16 PM
I think if we undergo this kinda surgery we should automatically get a hot tub. Part of therapy ya know? It could make a whole difference.....:)

debbei
03-28-2010, 03:33 PM
Hi...

Like Ed, I got a letter from my surgeon recommending hot tub therapy to relax my muscles, and had it installed shortly after my surgery. It was heavenly.

--Linda

I'm such a dummy. I didn't even THINK that the insurance would cover it so we paid for it. :)

LindaRacine
03-28-2010, 04:39 PM
Insurance will not pay for a hot tub, but the amount would be tax deductible if prescribed by a physician.

Ryy
03-30-2010, 08:05 PM
Hm what's the price range for a decent hot tub?

my.str8.kate
03-30-2010, 08:53 PM
The scoliosis nurse at the hospital where my daughter had her operation warned us about hot tubs. Apparently they had a patient who opened up her scar with the powerful jets. We let our daughter use the hot tub but not with the jets on.

debbei
03-30-2010, 09:13 PM
The scoliosis nurse at the hospital where my daughter had her operation warned us about hot tubs. Apparently they had a patient who opened up her scar with the powerful jets. We let our daughter use the hot tub but not with the jets on.

I wouldn't consider going in until the incision was WELL healed. I was in last summer and preferred the slow jet setting. The high setting just didn't feel good.

my.str8.kate
03-30-2010, 10:41 PM
Yes we only let our daughter use the hot tub about a month after her operation and after we had checked it out with the doctor if it was ok.

ADMoul
03-31-2010, 10:21 AM
We've seen tubs in the size we're looking for ranging from around $6,000 to $11,000. Like everything else, it seems you get what you pay for. Some of the lower end models have all kinds of lights, stereo systems, etc. We'd rather pay for better quality construction, easier maintenance and emphasis on the therapeutic aspects rather than bells and whistles. Still haven't made a decision. Doing some more shopping this weekend. If anyone has any personal recommendations for brands, etc., feel free to share. They're not something rated by Consumer Reports!
Thanks