This is a frequent question, and it always depends on how the person is doing after surgery. I personally used my shower chair once then never again. I never needed a bottom buddy, but a tub of baby wipes came in handy. I never used a cane, and I used a walker in the house for balance for about 2 days, then ditched it. A toilet seat raiser was optional for me, possibly helpful for the first week or so, but also a nuisance for others in the house, and required special, frequent cleaning due to it's construction.
The one thing I did use for months was a long-handled grabber, for picking stuff up off the floor. It is so annoying to drop things and then have almost no way to get to it.
One suggestion is to wait and see how you are doing when you are getting ready to be discharged from the hospital, then they can arrange to have any needed devices/aids delivered to your house through a durable medical equipment company.
If I was having surgery again and could only buy one thing, it would be to stock up on laxatives: Miralax and Senokot-S are both good ones, with an insurance bottle of Magnesium Citrate for urgent constipation troubles. Nearly all of us who have these major surgeries and take heavy narcotics afterward end up constipated, which can be very unpleasant and painful. It is something to strive to avoid!
Last edited by leahdragonfly; 05-27-2014 at 08:00 AM.
Gayle, age 46
Boston brace as a teen for AIS
Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation, TLIF at L4/5.
Feb 2012 major A/P revision for broken rods
mom of Leah, 12 y/o, diagnosed Jan '08 with 26* thoracic JIS (age 6)
4/08 26 degrees, brace 16 hrs/day
9/08 17 deg. OOB - brace discontinued
9/09 30 deg, resuming brace
5/10 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
5/14 stable 4 yrs post-op, 14* T
also mom of Torrey, 9 y/o son, 12* T, decreasing spontaneously (from 19*)