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Leanna
06-05-2010, 02:18 PM
I was told that after I leave the hospital I will spend 2-3 weeks in rehab. Is this a mandatory thing? It would probably be good since I will be well taken care of, but it just seems like a long time to be away from home and my children. Has everyone else went?

golfnut
06-05-2010, 04:01 PM
I was told that I would be in the hospital one week and that I would either go home or possibly spend another week at a rehab. center depending upon how I'm getting along. Obviously, I'm hoping that I will get to go home after a week to be with my husband and my 2 schnauzers that I will miss terribly. (It really has to be difficult for the mothers who have children at home! ) However, if I need more rehab. than I get in the week at the hospital, I will willing go because it will make things smoother once I get home.

mbeckoff
06-05-2010, 07:16 PM
Hi

I was in the hospital for 10 days and the rehab for 10 days and it was the best thing that I could have done.When I got home, I was able to do so much for my self that I could not have done if I had come home straight from the hospital.

Melissa

Doodles
06-05-2010, 07:23 PM
I was told the exact same thing Karen was. I ended up 8 days in the hospital and 8 days in rehab. I think it was immensely helpful to be close, to have more time to heal, etc. Janet

LeansLeft
06-05-2010, 08:06 PM
What Melissa says ... ditto for me. The surgeon thought I could go home 5 days post op. But the rehab doc recommended 10 days in rehab. And he had to pry three extra days out of my insurance company. It was a very good move.

Andrew

Nitram
06-05-2010, 09:46 PM
No rehab for me....7 days in the hospital then came home and was able to manage fine.

Rich

RitaR
06-05-2010, 10:03 PM
No rehab here.....7 days in hosp, 1 day in hotel after release from hosp - doing just great!!!!

Back-out
06-05-2010, 10:40 PM
If anyone sees this...I'm wondering a lot about logistics (probably helps me think less about the medical which is so overwhelming). Finances matter and I don't want to wear out the patience of my helper(s - son may be there for the surgery, in addition to SIL).

If you go to rehab, does your "helping person" go with? I know many hospitals let the helper stay in the room with you and seems to me I've heard some let them have a cot in rehab too. SIL was with my mother in hospital after knee replacement, and most of the time she was in her rehab. Reportedly, was of great assistance in both places - not just comfort but safety too.

I live in Central PA, SIL lives in FL, son lives in NC for a job, but is flexible because of taking a year off school. And I don't know WHERE I'm going to have the surgery yet, nor with whom...Hotels, airfare, car rentals. :eek:

Oh, right...surgery :eek: too! :eek: :eek: Come to think of it, it might be comforting to be near hospital and surgeon for a while longer "in case". (Just read some rough "complication" threads). I DO live so far away from everything, no matter where I go.

Wondering how I'm going to work things, as usual.
Hmm. Just noticed I'm talking about the surgery as an assumption. Been proceeding on an "as if" basis, but it seems to be firming up at some level. Maybe because I'm in more pain. :(

titaniumed
06-06-2010, 01:45 AM
Leanna

I didnít go, but I would recommend going if they feel you should go.

Ed

Singer
06-06-2010, 09:31 AM
Regarding rehab -- your surgeon and his team will decide whether or not you need to go, based on how well you are doing after surgery. But if the issue of rehab has been raised as a possibility, do your homework and choose a rehab that's close to home if you can, then be sure to give your surgical team the name of the rehab before surgery.

In my case, my surgery was in New York, a two-hour drive from my home. After 10 days in the hospital, I was sent via ambulance (a pretty painless ride, as I was drugged to the gills) to the rehab I'd chosen near my home, and I had a very good experience there. I stayed for about 10 days, and my husband and daughter came to visit me every day. I got excellent care and didn't want to leave! My husband could never have handled me if I'd come home straight from the hospital, so it worked out great for everybody.

lelc2002@yahoo
06-06-2010, 10:32 AM
ditto...I had Dr. Boachie like Singer in NYC and did the rehab thing in Jersey at Kessler. Thank God because I needed much help that week in rehab. I was pretty helpless at that stage & it all would have fell on my husband who already had my 2 boys to care for. After a week there, I was way better when I was at home but still had my mom helping me for a week when I got home..:D
LY
Hi Singer!!

Karen Ocker
06-06-2010, 07:08 PM
Rehab is usually covered by medical insurance.:)

Vali
06-06-2010, 07:20 PM
My rehad was done in the hospital. Next day after surgery, the physios' came in and we started with the walking, how to stretch your legs gently, stairs, coughing to keep your lungs clear etc. On day 8 post-op, i went home and i was fine to cope.

CHRIS WBS
06-07-2010, 04:45 PM
I spent two weeks in rehab after my 5-1/2 day hospital stay. It was a suburban location of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (one of the best rehab centers in the country). I loved my rehab stay. I was given a private room and I felt like I was on vacation. The staff was so attentive and accommodating. I could not have asked for better. I think for those of us who are older, rehab is most helpful. My family caregivers could not have provided me with the kind of immediate post-op care that I received from professionally trained staff and therapists following this major surgery.

naptown78
06-07-2010, 05:04 PM
After both of my surgeries I stayed in the hospital for 5 days, then went home. My hubby took great care of me at home and I would not have wanted to stay any longer in the hospital or at a rehab. Although, if I had not had help at home I would have had to go to a rehab just because I needed help with meals, bathing, laundry, and transportation. If I had not had help at home, I just would not have eaten at all. I think 2-3 weeks is a little long for staying in rehab though. By that time, I would be going crazy to get out of the hospital!

ADMoul
06-08-2010, 02:13 PM
I was originally planning on re-hab since I was 4 hours out of town. However, I did too well to meet the insurance criteria for rehab, so I went home. I did have my husband home full time for 4 weeks and visiting nurse came in for check ups and some limited PT. I was fine with that. As others have said, it depends on your Dr.'s (or the rehab Dr.'s assessment of how you're doing) and what your insurance requires for rehab coverage.

txmarinemom
06-08-2010, 02:30 PM
No rehab for me with my posterior only fusion. I came home on the morning of Day 6, and recovered solo.

Everyone's different.

Back-out
06-08-2010, 02:36 PM
No rehab for me with my posterior only fusion. I came home on the morning of Day 6, and recovered solo.

Everyone's different.

"SOLO"? How much solo?

And how old were you at the time?
Thanks!

txmarinemom
06-08-2010, 02:43 PM
"SOLO"? How much solo?

And how old were you at the time?

Completely solo. That said, I spent the better part of two months in preparation to do so.

I was 39.

mbeckoff
06-08-2010, 06:17 PM
I spent 10 days in Rehab and I really enjoyed it.
They waited on me.They helped me do things. I got stronger.My family came to visit me. To me, there were no negatives. When I arrived in rehab, I was not ready to go home

Melissa

Back-out
06-08-2010, 06:50 PM
Completely solo. That said, I spent the better part of two months in preparation to do so.

I was 39.

How can you prepare? Stick needles in yourself to get used to them? (feeble laugh) Seriously. I've prepared for races, exams, childbirth - but this?

And you mean NO ONE helped you afterward? How close were you to the surgeon and did you at least have home health aides for showering, returning for post-ops, etc?

I can't even figure how I'm going to put on good support shoes to use my treadmill! For wiping my butt, I understand there are special reachers and I'll be sure to have grab bars installed every which where. I'm used to toughing things out (I've gone through numerous surgeries alone), but as I understand it, this is not that kind of situation. Too much exertion or the wrong kind, and you undo all the benefit by interfering with fusion.:(

txmarinemom
06-08-2010, 08:44 PM
How can you prepare? Stick needles in yourself to get used to them? (feeble laugh) Seriously. I've prepared for races, exams, childbirth - but this?

By "prepare", I mean I set my house up, cooked ahead and froze meals, etc.: I had a massive (amusing, in retrospect) pre-op to-do list that covered contingencies upon contingencies. I had air horns on the floor throughout my house, all my junk (like meds and phone(s)) velcroed to my nightstand, and backup grabbers all over the place (incase I dropped a grabber).


And you mean NO ONE helped you afterward? How close were you to the surgeon and did you at least have home health aides for showering, returning for post-ops, etc?

I had a few people drop off groceries and meds in the first two weeks, but that's it. And, no ... I never had home health aides - and never had help with a shower - from anyone.

My surgeon was maybe 10-15 minutes away. I took a cab to my first post-op appointment at 3 weeks, and drove myself to every one after that.


I can't even figure how I'm going to put on good support shoes to use my treadmill! For wiping my butt, I understand there are special reachers and I'll be sure to have grab bars installed every which where. I'm used to toughing things out (I've gone through numerous surgeries alone), but as I understand it, this is not that kind of situation. Too much exertion or the wrong kind, and you undo all the benefit by interfering with fusion.:(

My fusion was only from T4-L1 - and it was posterior only. Recovery can vary from person to person, and certainly, the surgical approach and fusion length can play a part in the level of difficulty. For a variety of reasons, the scenario doesn't work for everyone; it does, however, work for some.

I will say this, my experience wasn't nearly as bad as I expected - and I bought a LOT of crap I never needed.

Regards,
Pam