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Thread: Two Post-Surgery Accessories - never seen mentioned

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    Two Post-Surgery Accessories - never seen mentioned

    Dear Scolis,

    Two things REALLY helped me through my recent surgery and I want to share:

    1.) I purchased a cheap twin-sized memory foam topper (Walmart) which my daughter put on my hospital bed when I left ICU. (My surgeon thought it was brilliant.) I also took it to the rehab facility after being discharged from the hospital. A great pain reducer.

    2.) After coming home, I wore overalls instead of pants. Two advantages: easy to dress myself AND there's no rubbing against the incisions.

    A final thought - consider an 'end of the year' donation to FOCOS ( which helps African children get scoliosis surgeries. The surgeons donate their time, but there are still expenses.

    Best Wishes!
    Ginger Woolley

    Oct 2018, L3 - S1, Anterior & Posterior, Dr Sigurd Berven, UCSF, San Francisco
    May 2008, T4 - L3, Dr. Ohenaba Boachie, Hospital for Special Surgery, NYC
    Sept 1967, T4 - T 11, without instrumentation, Dr Thomas Brown, Stanford

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2008
    The foam helps quite a bit. It doubled my sleep time at home.

    I remember at the hospital how uncomfortable the bed was. The bed probably cost $50,000 and it just blew me away on how uncomfortable it was. I was complaining but then I guess they hear many of these types of complaints and go in one ear, and out the other. I wish I had someone sneak me in a piece of foam....

    49 yr old male, now 60, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,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

    My x-rays

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