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    what to take to hospital

    i can't remember where but i saw the recommendation that we should bring shirts that button (rather than pullovers like t-shirts) to the hospital because it's painful to raise one's arms up postop; i'm guessing this is more the case
    for those whose surgery goes higher into the thoracic spine than for those with surgery lower in the lumbar area

    do forumers (is that a word?) agree? do you have any other recommendations of what to bring or not bring to the hospital?
    junosand
    59 yo recently retired otolaryngologist (ENT surgeon)
    schedule oct 2010 for T11 - sacrum fusion, all posterior approach with pedicle screws, steels rods, revision decompression left L3-4, right L4-5 & L5-S1, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion L3-4 L4-5 L5-S1
    with titanium cages
    Dr Lenke, WashU/Barnes/Jewish St. Louis

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    This is another area we're all different. I didn't have any problem raising my arms at all, but many do. So to be on the safe side, I would recommend the button up tops. Don't worry about taking loads of stuff, it won't be used. Something to throw over your pjs when you're walking the halls, some skid-proof slippers, trackie-daks as we call them in Australia a brush, toothbrush etc. and some recommend an ipod. I didn't use mine though. And something to go home in, although you may have someone who can bring that to the hospital for you.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniferG View Post
    This is another area we're all different. I didn't have any problem raising my arms at all, but many do. So to be on the safe side, I would recommend the button up tops. Don't worry about taking loads of stuff, it won't be used. Something to throw over your pjs when you're walking the halls, some skid-proof slippers, trackie-daks as we call them in Australia a brush, toothbrush etc. and some recommend an ipod. I didn't use mine though. And something to go home in, although you may have someone who can bring that to the hospital for you.
    Lol, "Trackie-daks". My new favorite word!
    May 2008 Fusion T4 - S1, Pre-op Curves T45, L70 (age 48). Unsuccessful surgery.

    March 18, 2010 (age 50). Revision with L3 Osteotomy, Replacement of hardware T11 - S1 , addition of bilateral pelvic fixation. Correction of sagittal imbalance and kyphosis.

    January 24, 2012 (age 52) Revision to repair pseudoarthrosis and 2 broken rods at L3/L4.

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    What in the world is a Trackie-dak?????????????????? LOL!!!
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    Junosand...

    I have a list on my website:

    http://www.scoliosislinks.com/PreparingforSurgery.htm

    Regards,
    Linda
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    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

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    Wow, that's very thorough Linda. Spreadsheet style. Good ideas. Thanks.
    Surgery scheduled for January 2011
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    http://cabellhuntington.org/services...ce/physicians/
    http://s910.photobucket.com/albums/a...dayjunk/Davis/

    "Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then."
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    Hi Davis. The slang word for pants in Australia (one of them anyway!) is daks. The "trackie" part refers to "tracksuit" or maybe you call it a leisure suit, or sports suit. Anyway, any pants that are stretchy and comfy and easy to get on and off!
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Our surgeries are almost identical!

    Moisturiser - air conditioning dries out skin (so do meds)
    Lip balm
    2 piece PJs
    skid proof socks
    dressing gown
    toothbrush
    toothpaste
    hairbrush
    reading material
    research into new hobby due to downtime of recovery
    sanitary pads
    grabber (otherwise just call the nurse)

    I didn't bring 'trackies' to go home in as i live 15 minutes from the hospital and i knew that as soon as i got home, i would just go to bed anyway!
    Vali
    44 years young! now 45
    Surgery - June 1st, 2009
    Dr David Hall - Adelaide Spine Clinic
    St. Andrews Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
    Pre-op curve - 58 degree lumbar
    Post -op - 5 degrees
    T11 - S1 Posterior
    L4/5 - L5/S1 Anterior Fusion

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    thanks linda!

    excellent and looks comprehensive
    junosand
    59 yo recently retired otolaryngologist (ENT surgeon)
    schedule oct 2010 for T11 - sacrum fusion, all posterior approach with pedicle screws, steels rods, revision decompression left L3-4, right L4-5 & L5-S1, transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion L3-4 L4-5 L5-S1
    with titanium cages
    Dr Lenke, WashU/Barnes/Jewish St. Louis

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    Ijust got back from St Louis 2 weeks ago Monday. I am fused up to T3 and never had trouble raising my arms over my head. Also, although I took a robe, when PT came in to have me walk, I never used the robe. They always made sure I was tied up in back and never thought about a robe. Just take deodorant and a toothbrush and brush and lotion. I took underwear and asked Dr Bridwell to have them remove the catheter as soon as possible. I hate those so my big goal was to be able to walk to the bathroom. I think they removed my back drains and catheter on Friday after Tuesday surgery. For leaving the hospital just make sure you have comfortable pants with an elastic waist. My stomach was definitely bloated after surgery. Good luck!
    Age 56
    Wore a Milwaukee Brace for 3 years in hs
    Fused L4-S1 for high grade spondylolisthesis Jan '09 in Indy
    Thoracic 68
    Surgery Aug 31, 2010 T3 to L1
    Dr Bridwell St Louis
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...1&d=1289881696

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    Regarding a robe-- I had one with me too but never used it either-- when PT took me walking, they always just put another gown on backwards-- like a superhero cape (ha ha!) and that way nothing was going to show for sure.
    67 and plugging along...
    2007 52į w/ severe lumbar stenosis & L2L3 lateral listhesis (side shift)
    5/4/07 posterior spinal fusion T2-L4 w/ laminectomies and osteotomies @L2L3, L3L4
    Dr. Kim Hammerberg, Rush Univ. Medical Center in Chicago

    Corrected to 15į
    CMT (type 2) DX in 2014, progressing
    NEW 10/2018 x-rays show spondylolisthesis at L4/L5 - Dr. DeWald is monitoring

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    Hi Junosand,
    I brought alot of stuff to the hospital and barely used any of it. I had slippers, but they gave me these non skid thick socks to wear. I did use a toothbrush, toothpaste, undies and my ipod a bit. I even gave up on a hair brush because my hair is longer and knots easily. So by the time I got the presence of mind to brush it, it was one big knot. My husband was the only one with me and he tried to help brush it but to no avail, at least we laughed. I had a button up soft cotton dress that was comfy and easy to get into for the ride home, as well as good walking shoes. Also, I learned on the forum pick a pillow for the ride home!! I had a bumpy ride out of Manhattan and was glad I had it. I brought a couple of pictures too that definately brought me comfort. Good luck with your preparations.
    Debra
    Age 45
    Pre - surgery Thoracic 69, Lumbar 48
    Post-surgery Thoracic 37, Lumbar 39 (unfused)
    Fused T4-T12
    Milwaukee braced, 11 years old to 15 yo
    Surgery Sept. 1st, 2010 Dr. Boachie

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    Trackie-dak, (now I'm on the inside ;-) )

    Thank you JenniferG... as a matter of fact I guess I wore trackie daks today to work. It's getting cooler here with Autumn setting in so, yeah, East Coast United States here, Halloween coming up, BOO, haha, thank you for the explanation ...
    Surgery scheduled for January 2011
    by Charles (Ted) Shuff
    http://cabellhuntington.org/services...ce/physicians/
    http://s910.photobucket.com/albums/a...dayjunk/Davis/

    "Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then."
    -- Samuel Johnson
    "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -
    -- Benjamin Franklin

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    Robes would be good too I think.. that's what I'll plan on, robes mostly.
    Surgery scheduled for January 2011
    by Charles (Ted) Shuff
    http://cabellhuntington.org/services...ce/physicians/
    http://s910.photobucket.com/albums/a...dayjunk/Davis/

    "Adversity is the state in which man most easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then."
    -- Samuel Johnson
    "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." -
    -- Benjamin Franklin

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    Juno
    I didnít bring too much to the hospital since they didnít want to be responsible for theft. Cell phone, loose fitting clothes, toothbrush.

    I woke up with a beard and didnít have a razor....Quite the surprise.

    Its probably more important to have all the items you will need at home when you get home, or have someone get you the things you will need.

    The foam topper for your bed is a must. Have it set up before you get home....

    Your insurance will provide the walker, grabber etc...at the hospital.
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
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    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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