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rockycarm
03-04-2012, 11:13 AM
Hi everyone,

I want to thank you all for being here and supporting. I am doing some mental preparation for my May 16th surgery and would like to ask what kind of chair did you use after surgery? Was it necessary to purchase another? Did you sleep in your own bed. I have been considering purchasing a new bed - perhaps a craftmatic or something like that but then I was thinking that I might have to lay flat. Sorry for so many questions but sincerely appreciate all of your responses.

LindaRacine
03-04-2012, 11:35 AM
Hi...

Welcome to the forums.

After my revision surgeries last year, the only chair that was really comfortable was my recliner, which is fairly firm, but has sufficient padding in the lumbar area. I actually slept in it for about 2 months, as any bed was uncomfortable for me. In general, it seems that most people prefer firm, lightly padded chairs that have an upright back.

I bought an adjustable bed before my first surgeries 20 years ago, and feel it was a very bad purchase. Laying in bed with the head of the bed raised was almost intolerable, so I got no benefit from the fact that it was adjustable. (Fortunately for you, adjustable beds are somewhat less expensive now.)

I guess my advice would be to wait until after your surgeries to purchase anything. You can always rent a hospital bed after surgery, if you feel it's necessary.

Best of luck with your surgery.

Regards,
Linda

BetsyK
03-04-2012, 01:58 PM
Hi
I'm glad this question came up -I was going to ask the same thing. I thought a recliner wouldn't be enough support, but it's OK? Also, how long can one sit a few weeks post-op? I read one person could only sit for couple minutes.
Thanks,

JenniferG
03-04-2012, 03:31 PM
Hi
I'm glad this question came up -I was going to ask the same thing. I thought a recliner wouldn't be enough support, but it's OK? Also, how long can one sit a few weeks post-op? I read one person could only sit for couple minutes.
Thanks,

Hi Betsy, I agree with Linda. A chair that's upright and firm but with padding and with plenty of lumbar support is best. I thought I'd have to sit in a chair like that forever, but it's surprising how I can slouch into a soft sofa now, despite the rods. These days, my only requirement is a bit of padding at the top of my back because my rods and screws are close to the surface and feel unpleasant against a hard back.

LindaRacine
03-04-2012, 03:54 PM
I think that many recliners wouldn't be enough support. This sort of recliner will probably work for most:

http://www.la-z-boy.com/Product/60-1406/Fletcher-High-Leg-Recliner/

rockycarm
03-04-2012, 07:57 PM
Hi
I'm glad this question came up -I was going to ask the same thing. I thought a recliner wouldn't be enough support, but it's OK? Also, how long can one sit a few weeks post-op? I read one person could only sit for couple minutes.
Thanks,

Hi Betsy, it seems you are about 1 month ahead of me for surgery so would be nice to keep in touch. All my prayers will be with you.

rockycarm
03-04-2012, 08:00 PM
I think that many recliners wouldn't be enough support. This sort of recliner will probably work for most:

http://www.la-z-boy.com/Product/60-1406/Fletcher-High-Leg-Recliner/

Thank you Linda and Jennifer I will be doing my homework. Did you find it hard to recline since the handles are usually on the side which will require bending to the side? P.S. thanks again for being here.

djkinkead
03-04-2012, 08:47 PM
We purchased a Sleep Number bed where it can raise and lower both the head and feet--and it was a God send for me. Although it came with 2 inches of memory foam, I purchased an additional two inches and kept the number pretty low to keep it soft. It was nice to be able to raise and lower it to the percentage I felt best with.

I would raise the back support, put a pillow on my lap and watch my iPad (I subscribed to Netflix).

We have a recliner and I wasn't comfortable putting it back. I did use it after a while, but only with LOTS of pillows to make it super soft.

It takes a while to get away from need super soft, your body goes through quite a shock.

My word of advice: buy lots of pillows for around the house.

You won't be able to sit up for very long after the surgery--sometimes for 5 to 10 minutes max....but it gets longer as you heal.

Just remember it takes time to heal. Don't be too much in a hurry to get up and about for very long. Short stints are nice.

Best wishes with your surgery...

Lilysaidwhat
03-04-2012, 09:28 PM
I have a sleep number bed, and love it- but it is infinitely better sleeping with an added 4" foam topper I bought on Overstock.com post-op.

We have la-z-boy recliners similar to what Linda posted in her link, but I was not strong enough to recline them for at least a month, and they were too firm for me. I needed super soft seating for some reason. I lived in something like this (http://www6.rentacenter.com/Rent/Furniture/Living-Rooms/Recliners-and-Accent-Chairs/Klaussner-Cambi-reclining-and-power-lift-chair.html) for 6-8 weeks. Slept half the night in it for about 3 weeks, before I slept through the night upstairs in bed. It was the only place I sat in the living room - and it was conveniently removed when, one day I sat down, and found it really uncomfortably soft! I now reign over the kingdom of my living room in a recliner like Linda has :)

I was terrified before surgery and wanted so badly to be prepared. It took about 9 months beyond the surgery before I felt that I was glad I'd had it done. I'm still recovering over a year out, but then there is a lot to adjust to (your body mechanics will change and that takes time and new muscle memory). You'll be okay. Probably better than okay!

Confusedmom
03-04-2012, 10:58 PM
Well, I leave for surgery in about a week, and I have been shopping like mad! I may live to regret this, but my husband and I went ahead and bit the bullet and bought a split king adjustable memory foam bed. That means we can each adjust our own sides independently. As others have said, I'm pretty sure it will be flat in the first few months, but I am hoping to take advantage of the raised head eventually. I have reflux, so you are supposed to sleep with a raised head. Also, it was SOOOOOOOO comfortable in the store. (I do realize that will all change in about 10 days for me!)

I did all the online research, and compared Sleep Number and memory foam, and they both come out very well for back pain relief. It was time for us to get a new bed anyway, or I would have just bought a topper. But, my hubby liked the feel of the foam better, and it gets rave reviews on this site, as well. So, we took the plunge. I did not buy Tempurpedic, though, as it is $$$$. We got an iComfort--a cheaper version of Tempurpedic. I saw that you can get this set-up at Sams Club for a (relatively) reasonable price. Let me just add that all the Sleep Number and Tempurpedic beds are expensive, in my opinion.

Anyway, I am excited about the split-king part, because it means I will still be near my hubby, but will actually be on my own bed. Hence, I won't feel him move, and hopefully, he won't kick me or anything. :) Also hopefully I won't wake him up when I get up at night. Only bummer is it's not being delivered until Saturday. So I will only get to enjoy it for two nights before I leave for St. Louis. :(

For the chair, I already had a firmer recliner like Linda recommended. I do not think I will be able to recline it myself, though, as you have to push to recline. Oops! Oh well, looks like I'm going to be owing my mom even more favors. :) (She will be living with me for 3 months helping me with my kids.)

Good luck -- keep me posted!

:),
Evelyn

hasteffen
03-05-2012, 12:18 PM
Well, I leave for surgery in about a week, and I have been shopping like mad! I may live to regret this, but my husband and I went ahead and bit the bullet and bought a split king adjustable memory foam bed. That means we can each adjust our own sides independently. As others have said, I'm pretty sure it will be flat in the first few months, but I am hoping to take advantage of the raised head eventually. I have reflux, so you are supposed to sleep with a raised head. Also, it was SOOOOOOOO comfortable in the store. (I do realize that will all change in about 10 days for me!)

I did all the online research, and compared Sleep Number and memory foam, and they both come out very well for back pain relief. It was time for us to get a new bed anyway, or I would have just bought a topper. But, my hubby liked the feel of the foam better, and it gets rave reviews on this site, as well. So, we took the plunge. I did not buy Tempurpedic, though, as it is $$$$. We got an iComfort--a cheaper version of Tempurpedic. I saw that you can get this set-up at Sams Club for a (relatively) reasonable price. Let me just add that all the Sleep Number and Tempurpedic beds are expensive, in my opinion.

Anyway, I am excited about the split-king part, because it means I will still be near my hubby, but will actually be on my own bed. Hence, I won't feel him move, and hopefully, he won't kick me or anything. :) Also hopefully I won't wake him up when I get up at night. Only bummer is it's not being delivered until Saturday. So I will only get to enjoy it for two nights before I leave for St. Louis. :(

For the chair, I already had a firmer recliner like Linda recommended. I do not think I will be able to recline it myself, though, as you have to push to recline. Oops! Oh well, looks like I'm going to be owing my mom even more favors. :) (She will be living with me for 3 months helping me with my kids.)

Good luck -- keep me posted!

:),
Evelyn

Evelyn,
Let me know how the bed works out. I have been thinking about getting one too!

mabeckoff
03-05-2012, 01:27 PM
I have a bed on order which will be delivered to our new home. We should be closing on Thursday , I hope

JenniferG
03-05-2012, 03:20 PM
Yaaayyy Melissa!


Evelyn, I know you've had a long, tortuous wait and I just wanted to wish you the best possible outcome to your surgery. Looking forward to hearing it's over and that everything's going smoothly.

rockycarm
03-05-2012, 06:30 PM
Well, I leave for surgery in about a week, and I have been shopping like mad! I may live to regret this, but my husband and I went ahead and bit the bullet and bought a split king adjustable memory foam bed. That means we can each adjust our own sides independently. As others have said, I'm pretty sure it will be flat in the first few months, but I am hoping to take advantage of the raised head eventually. I have reflux, so you are supposed to sleep with a raised head. Also, it was SOOOOOOOO comfortable in the store. (I do realize that will all change in about 10 days for me!)

I did all the online research, and compared Sleep Number and memory foam, and they both come out very well for back pain relief. It was time for us to get a new bed anyway, or I would have just bought a topper. But, my hubby liked the feel of the foam better, and it gets rave reviews on this site, as well. So, we took the plunge. I did not buy Tempurpedic, though, as it is $$$$. We got an iComfort--a cheaper version of Tempurpedic. I saw that you can get this set-up at Sams Club for a (relatively) reasonable price. Let me just add that all the Sleep Number and Tempurpedic beds are expensive, in my opinion.

Anyway, I am excited about the split-king part, because it means I will still be near my hubby, but will actually be on my own bed. Hence, I won't feel him move, and hopefully, he won't kick me or anything. :) Also hopefully I won't wake him up when I get up at night. Only bummer is it's not being delivered until Saturday. So I will only get to enjoy it for two nights before I leave for St. Louis. :(

For the chair, I already had a firmer recliner like Linda recommended. I do not think I will be able to recline it myself, though, as you have to push to recline. Oops! Oh well, looks like I'm going to be owing my mom even more favors. :) (She will be living with me for 3 months helping me with my kids.)

Good luck -- keep me posted!

:),
Evelyn

Evelyn, All the best to you on the 14th. My prayers will be with you. Thank you for sharing, I will be doing some shopping I can see.

rockycarm
03-05-2012, 06:33 PM
We purchased a Sleep Number bed where it can raise and lower both the head and feet--and it was a God send for me. Although it came with 2 inches of memory foam, I purchased an additional two inches and kept the number pretty low to keep it soft. It was nice to be able to raise and lower it to the percentage I felt best with.

I would raise the back support, put a pillow on my lap and watch my iPad (I subscribed to Netflix).

We have a recliner and I wasn't comfortable putting it back. I did use it after a while, but only with LOTS of pillows to make it super soft.

It takes a while to get away from need super soft, your body goes through quite a shock.

My word of advice: buy lots of pillows for around the house.

You won't be able to sit up for very long after the surgery--sometimes for 5 to 10 minutes max....but it gets longer as you heal.

Just remember it takes time to heal. Don't be too much in a hurry to get up and about for very long. Short stints are nice.

Best wishes with your surgery...

\
Thanks DJ. How are you feeling now 6 months post op?

LindaRacine
03-05-2012, 10:13 PM
Well, I leave for surgery in about a week, and I have been shopping like mad! I may live to regret this, but my husband and I went ahead and bit the bullet and bought a split king adjustable memory foam bed. That means we can each adjust our own sides independently. As others have said, I'm pretty sure it will be flat in the first few months, but I am hoping to take advantage of the raised head eventually. I have reflux, so you are supposed to sleep with a raised head. Also, it was SOOOOOOOO comfortable in the store. (I do realize that will all change in about 10 days for me!)

I did all the online research, and compared Sleep Number and memory foam, and they both come out very well for back pain relief. It was time for us to get a new bed anyway, or I would have just bought a topper. But, my hubby liked the feel of the foam better, and it gets rave reviews on this site, as well. So, we took the plunge. I did not buy Tempurpedic, though, as it is $$$$. We got an iComfort--a cheaper version of Tempurpedic. I saw that you can get this set-up at Sams Club for a (relatively) reasonable price. Let me just add that all the Sleep Number and Tempurpedic beds are expensive, in my opinion.

Anyway, I am excited about the split-king part, because it means I will still be near my hubby, but will actually be on my own bed. Hence, I won't feel him move, and hopefully, he won't kick me or anything. :) Also hopefully I won't wake him up when I get up at night. Only bummer is it's not being delivered until Saturday. So I will only get to enjoy it for two nights before I leave for St. Louis. :(

For the chair, I already had a firmer recliner like Linda recommended. I do not think I will be able to recline it myself, though, as you have to push to recline. Oops! Oh well, looks like I'm going to be owing my mom even more favors. :) (She will be living with me for 3 months helping me with my kids.)

Good luck -- keep me posted!

:),
Evelyn

Hi Evelyn...

I also thought it would be difficult to recline in my recliner after surgery, but it wasn't a problem for me. I would, however, recommend that you try to do it when someone is close by. I was able to recline without a problem, but, for a second, thought I wasn't going to be able to sit up again. After a moment, I realized it was just a matter of shifting my weight somewhat.

Best of luck with your surgery. I bet you're going to be super motivated to get back home and into your new bed!

Regards,
Linda

Confusedmom
03-05-2012, 10:28 PM
Thanks, everyone, for the well-wishes. I didn't mean to hijack the thread! I will post more on my thread about last-minute preparations.

Cheers,
Evelyn