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06-24-2006, 12:30 AM
I have so many. I am keeping track of them for my surgeon when I go back. My question is, when do you know if you have to wear a brace after surgery? I really didn't know this was even a possibilityuntil reading some of the posts. I am 38 and it is bringing horrible flashbacks of having to wear my boston brace in junior high.
How many of you wore a brace religously? I ditched mine as often as possible. I moved when I started high school and just refused to wear it to school.
Thanks in advance for any input.
PS I am much less vain now, Just want to be pain free.

06-24-2006, 05:01 AM
hey Dawney---I just assumed I would have to wear one after surgery from hearing about it from other patients of my Dr. (Boachie) It sounds like it is meant as a reminder not to bend or twist & for support.............Ly
it will be hot in August........ :cool:

06-24-2006, 03:41 PM
Hi Dawney,

Ask your Dr. I did not have to wear a brace of any type. I am fused from T10 to L4. My Dr. said "you have an internal brace." I think different Drs. do what they think is best, and it might depend on the extent of your surgery or maybe how in shape you are? Not sure, but I was sure glad to hear I didn't need one. Trust me you won't need one to remind yourself to not twist or bend, it's on your mind all the time! Best wishes.

06-24-2006, 05:33 PM
It depends on the doctor. I didn't wear any but a soft one for the first surgery.

I wore my Boston brace religiously between 13 and 15 when I was not sexy or feminine at all (I was pretty wild and on the punkrocker side), so it was covered under my loose clothes an jackets, but when I hit 16 I started to ditch it sometimes, as I started wearing more tight fitting clothes and was sick of the pain it gave me, so I know what you mean.

06-24-2006, 11:21 PM
Hi Dawney,

I wore the Milwakee brace in 1972 through approx. 1976, (I think?) and I also got out of it as often as I could. Especially at school, my 3rd period class was near my locker and I would go to the restroom and take it off and put it in the locker. There was no way to hide that brace in clothing because the back 2 bars stuck out so far. I never minded the rest of it, but everyone called me the hunchback.

I found out that I had to wear the turtle shell brace when my doctor told me exactly what the surgery was going to entail. I made the mistake of not having it properly fitted before I left the hospital and it made for a miserable first 2 months. I only took it off to take a shower. I think I was in it for approx. 4 months.


06-25-2006, 02:13 PM

I didn't have any bracing after any of the surgeries.

06-25-2006, 02:58 PM
I had to wear my hard plastic brace for 6 months, the whole time unless I was lying down. Unpleasant at first, though it did make me feel a bit safer, as though it was holding me together. By the end of the 6 months I was sorry to see it go because I still had a lot of pain, and I miss it sometimes now for the support it gave me (threw it out when I finally got rid of it). It wasn't very evident under loose clothing unless someone hugged me!

06-26-2006, 01:20 PM
Like Suzy, i didn't have to wear a brace of any kind either. My dr. also said that with all the instrumentation that i wouldn't need one. Sure was relieved, but hope it was the right decision.

06-26-2006, 02:06 PM
I was initally told that I had to wear it for 3 months. One day while still in the hospital, my surgeon told me I was going downstairs for x-rays and that he did not want me to wear it. I looked at him as if he had suddenly grown 5 heads! I started to say, "but what if" and he stopped me and said, "You'll be fine. You won't get hurt without it."

From then on, I wore it only when I was out of bed and walking around alot. After 3 weeks, I hardly wore it at all except for trips outside of the house. If I went out in public, I wore it if for no other reason than to 'protect' my back. At my 7 week appt. my surgeon asked if I was ready to put it away for good....I was shocked and said, "I think I'll wear it home one last time"....I had a 45 minute drive and was a little worried about how I would feel driving without it....I got home, put it in the basement and haven't looked back!