View Full Version : Memory Foam Topper after surgery

08-25-2008, 02:08 PM
Hi Everyone,

I just started looking around online for a memory foam topper for after the surgery. Heck, maybe I'll start using it sooner :)

I see there are several thicknesses, 2", 3" and 4". Can you give me your recommendations? Geish told me that she has a 4" and thinks maybe it's a little too thick. What are your opinions?

My hubby and I picked up 2 memory foam pillows a few weeks ago and love them.

08-25-2008, 03:02 PM
I love my memory foam pillow. It is perfect for post-surgery. I brought it with me to St. Louis.

I did not attempt to bring the mattress topper. :D Our 4" mattress topper is still in SC and it is among the many things that I am eager to return to. We got it at CostCo. We LOVE it! Of course, you did, I hope put all that together to mean that we loved it pre-surgery and don't have a clue about post-surgery. I'm making a guess, though, that it will be great.

One note: If yours comes in a condensed package, you must get it in place pre-surgery. It took both of us exerting all our energies to get the blasted thing straightened out. :o

08-25-2008, 03:06 PM
I have a 4" mattress topper from Costco and just love it, I would not be able to sleep without it.

08-25-2008, 11:05 PM
Hi Debbie

I ended up getting a 2 inch foam topper at 4 weeks post surgery. Sleeping was tough without it, and it helped considerably. I had a wasted shoulder going into my surgery and I cut it off about 2 feet shorter so I could hang my shoulder off the end and support the rib cage.

If I were to do it again, I would go with a 3 to 4 inch thick topper.

Also one of the main things with beds is, when they get older, they sag. If you were to take a straight edge to the top of a worn bed, you will see a 1-2 inch dip in the center. The center of the bed is worn and therefore is weaker than the rest of the bed and the result is that one sleeps on an angle. If you roll over to your stomach, than your legs are pushed beyond the flat position. Its like laying in a hollow, or arching your back backwards and thats painful after surgery.


08-26-2008, 04:23 AM
My only complaint with my topper is that it makes the bed warmer. In summer its killer. I can't sleep without it, but it takes me a lot longer to get to sleep because of the heat of the room and the topper really has no 'cool' areas to move to.

Granted part of my problem is that I'm a Canadian living in a desert in California. 110 degress plus is not my idea of fun. :) I'm also running a portable swamp cooler in my room and its not helping much.

But yeah, definately get a topper, and as Cheryl says, put it on before surgery. They are heavy. :D


08-26-2008, 05:52 AM
Thanks everyone. Last night I ordered a 3 inch one from Overstock.

They do have some now that they claim are 'cooler' http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/3-inch-Mem-Cool-Memory-Foam-Mattress-Topper/2622925/product.html

but I went with a regular one anyway, because I'm usually cold to begin with.


08-26-2008, 03:48 PM
I'm amazed that everyone sleeps so well on the foam toppers after surgery. It was the greatest thing before surgery but now I'm in pain at night when I sleep on it. I wake up all the time. I should just take it off and try the plain mattress. I hope the topper works well for you Debbe.


Ginger W.
08-26-2008, 11:05 PM
For those of you who don't like the way the memory foam gets hot, I found an alternative that I like a lot better: latex. It's natural and simply doesn't heat up because there's better circulation. I tried three different memory foam toppers before I converted to latex. For me, it's the best. Especially because it does a better job of distributing my weight evenly.

This site explains WHY it is better than memory foam . . .


Here's where you can purchase one:


They come in four levels of firmness. I have the "soft". I PROMISE that I am not a sales person!!! I just want to help anyone else who might be searching.

loves to skate
08-27-2008, 01:50 PM
Hi Ginger,

What about people with a latex allergy. Are the mattress sealed so that they don't cause problems?

Ginger W.
08-27-2008, 11:34 PM
They are not exactly sealed. They come with a lovely washable cover that zips on and off. I would think a person with a latex allergy would probably want to avoid My Favorite Mattress Topper.

BTW, the company selling these toppers (- link provided in my previous post in this thread-) will make them in ANY size. I wanted to have a version of this incredible topper to take to NYC for my post-surgery recovery. So, I asked them to make one that would be just the size of my body . . . travel size. They not only made one, but also sewed up a cover that fits it perfectly. When I left the hospital and stayed at the hotel, I was SO grateful to have my very soft topper that prevented me from having sore hips and shoulders.

08-29-2008, 05:28 PM
I ordered a topper from Overstock too and so far have LOVED IT! Oh and an added bonus, dh's snoring has been cut down about 75% :p

08-29-2008, 10:01 PM
We tried it last night, but I think I didn't air it out long enough. AFter an hour or so, I went to the sofa to sleep because the smell was overpowering me; I felt like it was stuffing me up like an allergy. I had it airing out all day today and we'll try again tonight. It doesn't smell that strong now, but I don't know what will happen when I lay on it. It felt very good, and unfortunately for me, my hubby was still sawing logs with the best of them. :D

08-29-2008, 10:26 PM
Debbei, the smell does go away. I also unpackaged mine during the winter and (we were having a cold snap in Houston ... it was a *horrid* 40 outside! - LOL) it took FOREVER to "un-squoosh".,

Just like Ginger found the place to custom cut latex, I found one pre-op (http://www.foamorder.com/custom_cuts.php) (thinking of various wedges and blocks for under my knees) who cuts custom latex, memory foam ... all *kinds* of stuff. Now everyone can get exactly what they need :).

BTW, I have a 2" topper and I LOVE it. And there's a lot of truth in what Ed wrote, and even a thicker topper can't fix a bad mattress. Even laying on my stomach where my hips aren't hyper-extended, I stick a pillow under my hipbones to raise them and it's a lot more comfortable.