My husband bought me one about 5 months prior to surgery, because I had so much lower back and nerve pain down one leg. It helped tremendously (although, of course, temporarilly). I had a FIT a few days after originally going into the hottub to discover that I had hottub folliculitis. These HORRIBLE, UGLY rashy things mostly on my trunk and the insides of my arms (where they rubbed against my bathing suit). I made my husband empty the tub and start all over, and then I was really REALLY careful to check the water prior to going in.
I wouldnt go in the hottub maybe a month or so prior to surgery to make sure I didn't get an infection and risk having to reschedule.
Since my surgery was in Oct and we live in NJ, I was NOT going into the tub in the dead of winter. But starting last summer, I was in it almost daily. I had many muscle spasms last summer and the tub was a great help. It felt great, and I wasn't uncomfortable at all. I got a little head rest pillow and it was just great.
Yes it's frivolous, but it sure feels great on our backs.
Debbe - 50 yrs old
Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
Told by Dr. my curve would never progress
Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees
Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees