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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2016

    Exclamation HELP-people who have been there

    Hopefully I'll get more answers from people who unfortunately have had to go through this more than once. It is a very simple question: Did you have any trouble sleeping on your back after discharge from the hospital? I am restricted to sleeping on my back from a prior lumbar surgery, so you can see why I am worried about it. I have seen/read some horror stories about it, but know nothing about the sources. You folks have been through the mill, and know. PLEASE people, help me out. RJM

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Sioux City, Iowa
    I ONLY slept on my back after surgery. My incision was not irritated at all by sleeping on my back. I took the advice of the people on this forum and I bought a 3" memory foam topper for my bed. I did my first 6 weeks of recovery in the city I had my surgery (not where I live) so I had just a twin bed with a "normal" mattress. The 3" foam topper did make a "softer" surface for me to sleep on.

    When I returned home, I have a Tempurpedic mattress and I sleep on my back just fine on it.

    I hope this helps!

    Decompression surgery L4/L5
    April 3, 2015
    Twin Cities Spine Center - Dr. Joseph Perra
    Fused from T11 - Sacrum anterior/posterior
    June 24, 2016 - 55 years old at surgery
    Twin Cities Spine Center - Dr. Joseph Perra
    Before Surgery: 42 degrees lumbar, 28 degrees thoracic
    After Surgery: 10 degrees lumbar, ?? Thoracic
    2 inches taller

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Warsaw, MO
    I could not sleep on my back. I could not stand for anything to touch my back.

    Diagnosed at age 12 with a double major curve

    Braced till age 15

    SSBOB T12-L2 Anterior age 34. (October 22,2012) Dr. Robert Gaines Jr. ( Columbia, MO)

    Revision Surgery T2-Sacrum with Pelvic Fixation Prosterior age 35 (November 13,2013) Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, MO)

    Revision Surgery L4/L5 due to BMP Complication age 36 (November 20,2014) Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, Mo)

    Revision Surgery due to broken rod scheduled for October 19, 2016 with Dr. Michael Kelly (St. Louis, MO)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
    Like Kathy, I slept only on my back for about a year after surgery. I was surprised at how easily I slept on my back because I'd always been a side or stomach sleeper. I can now sleep however I like and sometimes I still sleep on my back.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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