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Thread: Bathroom question, sorry

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    New York

    Bathroom question, sorry

    At 6 months out, I still need to use my wipe assistive device. It works, I'm used to it, but it's a pain! I have to carry with my wherever I go (thank goodness for purses). How long is this going to go on? I am fused T3 to sacrum and I still have a lot of shoulder pain and stiffness. I'm hoping that will improve with time and then I won't need the device. I only use it for the back anyway. Any time frame guidance out there?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Yacolt, WA
    I still use the wipe assist for butt wipes and I am over 2 years out from my original surgery. I can reach the front OK.
    Over time, I did find that there seemed to be a little bit of loosening of everything and I had slight flexibility in reaching. I think that the important part of the equation is the length of your arms relative to the length of your torso. I have short arms...or a long torso, but at any rate, I will probably need to use the reacher forever. I also need to stand to do my bathroom hygiene.

    In the scheme of life.....for me, that's small potatoes.

    Last edited by susancook; 07-07-2015 at 01:51 AM.
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal Spinal Cord Injury T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone
    2018: Removal L4,5 screw

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Also try one arm compared to the other. Sometimes I can resubmitted with my non dominate arm. And like Susan try changing position.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    New York
    Any other ideas on this issue? It's actually starting to upset me to think that for the rest of my life I will need to use a tool to help me wipe myself in the back! It's a constant reminder of the surgery and limitations created by it. If anyone has any ideas or would share what works for them, I'd be so grateful. My physical therapist has no advice to give me on this and I don't know who else to turn to for help. Help!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Waterloo, IL
    I was still using long handled tongs at 6 months post-op. I don't remember when I no longer needed it, but I know it was less than a year.

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    New York
    Thanks for sharing your info. I will now begin my arm lengthening

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