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ripley
06-04-2017, 09:00 PM
Hi all. I havenít been able to get on the forum for months due to the phishing warning and its been stressing me with surgery quickly approaching! Anyway, Iím scheduled for 8/14 with Dr. Lenke (T4-Sacrum). I was wondering if I need a stiff upright chair as opposed to the sofa? With fusion to sacrum, is it possible to sit in a more cushy couch or is that uncomfortable? Does anyone recommend using a recliner or lift chair? Thanks for any advice!

titaniumed
06-04-2017, 11:11 PM
What type of Chair? Rolls Royce in a swimming pool. (Just kidding) I posted that photo a few days ago.....Ha ha

Some have purchased furniture, and some have not. I have a beautiful Lazy Boy I do not use, and do not prefer couches or soft furniture. Just a simple kitchen chair actually.

I would make the decision after your initial recovery period.

Sitting is hard after scoliosis surgery. I ended up doing a lot of walking.

Breathe deep! It helps with anxiety. Walking outside also helps.

Ed

susancook
06-05-2017, 05:53 AM
I agree with waiting to see if what you already have might work for you postop. I LOVE pillows behind my back. My butt is adequately naturally padded, so no problem there. Also, the ability to feel comfortable in harder chairs came with time. I am 16 months from my last revision and I still like a pillow behind my back.
Wishing you a good outcome with whatever is needed with your broken rod.
Susan

LindaRacine
06-05-2017, 02:57 PM
Couches, unless they have relatively firm padding, are typically not recommended for at least the first 3 months. I never sit in any overly cushy couch.

I would definitely recommend a good supportive chair and/or recliner, with arms, for your early recovery. Something like this would work: https://images2.roomstogo.com/is/image/roomstogo/lr_rec_18514679_bromfield_slate~Bromfield-Slate-Pushback-Recliner.jpeg?$PDP_Primary_936x650$

ripley
06-06-2017, 10:36 PM
Hi Ed, Susan and Linda! Thanks so much for taking the time to respond! I like the chair, Linda and was thinking something like that might work. Thank you all!

Mlindhardt
07-28-2017, 02:50 PM
I am fused T4 to sacrum - May 2016. It was quite a while before I could sit on a regular couch or soft chair comfortably. I purchased a firm recliner and it was the best purchase I made. I did shop around before the surgery and it proved to be a good decision. But I'm sure everyone is different. I got mine at Raymour & Flannigan.

ripley
07-28-2017, 04:03 PM
Thanks for responding! We are actually going to Raymore and Flannigan tonight to look for recliners! I was going to order online, but thought I should probably try them out. It seems to me they need to be somewhat stiff for after the op. Thanks again!

JuliaAnn
08-28-2017, 03:50 PM
I heartily second the recliner vote. We didn't have one and I sure wish I did!!! I didn't know it would have been so important and discovered the "reclining" need on my own. I used a piece of wood with a folded blanket and pillow on it propped on the sofa. It was unstable and awful but I couldn't relax any other way. I needed help leaning against it and getting up again too because the board slipped so eaily.

I also had an office chair at the dining room table so I could raise the seat as high as possible and tip it back a little, recliner-style. But a recliner would have been sheer heaven for resting after surgery.

jborden
09-05-2017, 02:19 PM
I heartily second the recliner vote. We didn't have one and I sure wish I did!!! I didn't know it would have been so important and discovered the "reclining" need on my own. I used a piece of wood with a folded blanket and pillow on it propped on the sofa. It was unstable and awful but I couldn't relax any other way. I needed help leaning against it and getting up again too because the board slipped so eaily.

I also had an office chair at the dining room table so I could raise the seat as high as possible and tip it back a little, recliner-style. But a recliner would have been sheer heaven for resting after surgery.

Hi Julia Ann,
I am awaiting surgery with Dr. Hey and saw that he did your surgery also. How are you now? Are you better for the surgery? I am pretty scared but to be quite honest I am equally afraid of what will happen if I don't choose to have the surgery. Because of degenerative disc and arthritis things have progressed greatly in the last few years. I've lost 3 1/2" in the last 4 years.
Are you happy with Dr. Hey? Are you better for having gone through the surgery?

Some days I'm more afraid than others.... depends on my pain that day.....

Take care,

Jenson