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01-17-2010, 10:19 PM
I am having a difficult time understanding rehabs.

All the ones that I have found need you to be able to do 3 hours a day of PT.

After surgery, I am not going to be able to do that.

I really did not want to go home directly from the hospital however.

So what kind of place am I looking for?


01-17-2010, 11:02 PM
I don't think you need to worry about it. This is something your doctor will perscribe for you. I was told if I needed to do this I would be told so by the doctor. Three hours of p.t.--no way. You will doing the mildest of things--walking, learning to do stairs, and some very simple exercises. I guess there are some who found their own rehab places but be sure to check with your doctor first. Janet

01-18-2010, 09:29 AM
Yes, your surgeon will help you determine whether or not you need rehab depending on how you are doing right after surgery. My surgery was two hours away from home, so I chose a rehab 15 minutes away from my house so that my family could visit me. I was taken to the rehab by ambulance (not a bad ride at all!).

Jennifer's right, the rehab will be very gentle and focus on walking, managing small flights of stairs, and getting in and out of a car. I loved being in rehab and didn't want to go home because they took such good care of me.

I made sure the surgeon and his staff knew BEFORE my surgery which rehab I had picked, and then he made the determination that I did indeed need to go there before I went home. It's really important to pick a rehab with an excellent reputation.

01-18-2010, 12:37 PM
By the way, it's very difficult to get insurance companies to pay for rehab. Living alone is not considered a factor when deciding whether someone needs to go to rehab.


01-18-2010, 04:54 PM
Melissa,I think rehab and PT are two different things.I started PT last week.My family Dr. gave me a prescription for 8 weeks,3 days a week for 1hr.each day.My Ins.covers 60 visits a year.I am still in my brace.PT just has me do light exercises no bending or twisting.

01-18-2010, 05:50 PM
My surgeon told me no bending or PT, until i'm fully fused. I had PT in the hospital, but it was logging rolling 101 and walking up and down stairs. They advised me that I will attend PT, but in six months. Why would they send some and not others.


01-18-2010, 07:37 PM
I don't mean to confuse you but there are different types of rehab. You may be looking at what they call 'acute rehab', which is more intense than 'subacute rehab'. Your physician , your physical therapist, and also your insurance company will determine whether you will need rehab. You will not need "acute rehab" at this stage. Alot of time you go home, and then start PT 3-4 months after surgery.