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  1. #16
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    [All of the times I have been in a rehab center,the therapist was the one to arrange for what was needed. They do an assessment of your needs. Such as I have never needed a sock helper. So the therapist orders what you need and it is brought to your room or your home.
    My insurance has paid for it. I doubt they will before the surgery.
    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

  2. #17
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    Quote Originally Posted by JScoli91 View Post
    Related to items needed for surgery, how is the best way to go about acquiring devices and items needed for the recovery period after surgery but doing it before surgery? If your insurance plan covers the costs is that something they only do after the procedure is done or can you be proactive about it at all? Would hate to go through surgery and come home needing gear and devices only to have to play the hurry up and wait game
    You "could" buy items on Amazon, and return at Kohl's if you are worried. Or simply red it in.

    I lost my grabber on the first day. Hard to figure since I live alone and have nobody to blame. (smiley face)

    To pick up clothes off the floor, I used the big toe method. Grab with big toe, bend knee, grab from behind. Works well. You can also use BBQ tongs.

    The sock installer is important. I couldn't imagine the insurance company not giving you this. That goes for the walker...

    If you want a free walker, go to any nursing home. They will have an abundance of them in their basement and will thank you for taking one off their hands.

    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
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

  3. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by JScoli91 View Post
    Related to items needed for surgery, how is the best way to go about acquiring devices and items needed for the recovery period after surgery but doing it before surgery? If your insurance plan covers the costs is that something they only do after the procedure is done or can you be proactive about it at all? Would hate to go through surgery and come home needing gear and devices only to have to play the hurry up and wait game

    Of the occupational therapy aids, my hospital offered me a dressing stick and they wanted me to pay for it right then and there, which was dumb because I didn't have any cash. (I guess this is a good reason to have a little money on you.) Maybe this implies that it was not covered by my insurance. This and the device for grabbing things off the floor and the sock aid are inexpensive and they are available on amazon with quick delivery.

    More important for me was the brace I wear to keep my posture rigid and what I call the "electro-vest" which helps build new bone when worn several hours per day. These are expensive items. They were delivered to my hospital room after being ordered by my doctor. The brace didn't really fit and I had to reorder a more appropriate size. They should have fitted me with the right size to begin with.

    I borrowed a walker and a cane from someone who no longer needed them.

    Maybe you should have a conversation with your surgeon's office about things like this, what you'll get, what your insurance will and won't pay for.
    Last edited by Tina_R; 01-27-2020 at 03:02 PM.

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