View Full Version : Two Post-Surgery Accessories - never seen mentioned

Ginger W.
12-30-2018, 06:53 PM
Dear Scolis,

Two things REALLY helped me through my recent surgery and I want to share:

1.) I purchased a cheap twin-sized memory foam topper (Walmart) which my daughter put on my hospital bed when I left ICU. (My surgeon thought it was brilliant.) I also took it to the rehab facility after being discharged from the hospital. A great pain reducer.

2.) After coming home, I wore overalls instead of pants. Two advantages: easy to dress myself AND there's no rubbing against the incisions.

A final thought - consider an 'end of the year' donation to FOCOS (http://www.orthofocos.org/) which helps African children get scoliosis surgeries. The surgeons donate their time, but there are still expenses.

Best Wishes!

01-01-2019, 07:50 PM
The foam helps quite a bit. It doubled my sleep time at home.

I remember at the hospital how uncomfortable the bed was. The bed probably cost $50,000 and it just blew me away on how uncomfortable it was. I was complaining but then I guess they hear many of these types of complaints and go in one ear, and out the other. I wish I had someone sneak me in a piece of foam....


03-10-2019, 09:03 AM
Taking this advice and just ordered my own foam mattress topper! Can't wait for it to get here in just a couple days. I moved back to my apt in NYC and I can't deal with my old mattress like I used to. Thank you for sharing!

Update: The foam changed my life and sleep for the better. Less soreness when waking up!

03-10-2019, 12:10 PM
There is nothing like a "latex" foam bed. (Or topper) Before or after surgery, all patients.

The cheap foam of the old days had an orange color. This is used in a lot of furniture manufacturing because its cheap. This is petroleum based foam that gives off volatile organic compounds.....It also breaks down in time.

Latex foam has a bone or white color. The latex is what helps maintain or control density. It will not break down with age. Its considered "organic" foam and is natural.



Open your windows in your house!

If a mattress is hammocked, or sunk down in the center, laying any foam on the top will conform to that shape. There are tricks with older beds such as laying a piece of plywood on the top of the box spring that can help some. Home depot will cut plywood to any dimensions and deliver it.

If a good piece of 4"-6" thick latex foam is purchased, (They can be pricey) you can lay this down on a floor and it will be a flat sleeping setup, and also can be used as an emergency mattress for people that come and visit.

Foam can be cut to shape with a large kitchen knife. Always apply force AWAY from your body when using a knife. (Keep eyes on your hands) Foam pieces can also be cut to elevate a bed at the foot of a bed, for elevating legs if need be. I cut my topper off when my shoulder was broken which produced a lower level for my shoulder to rest in.


03-10-2019, 02:47 PM
I agree the memory foam mattress pads are something scoliosis surgeons should mention to their patients