SCI Surgery 23 Sept, Any advice how to prepare?

Posted by ljbtxrose (2 posts)
Sep 07, 2015 5:19 AM

Hi, I'm new to forum. I'm scheduled for my SCI surgery on 23 Sep and was wondering if anyone has advice on how to prepare before the surgery. I've searched and searched for info on the internet but all I find is info on during and after surgery. Is there anything I should began doing now that will make it easier after surgery?

Posted by flygal (483 posts)
Sep 07, 2015 9:12 AM

If you don't live alone things will be easier
Make sure everything you anticipate needing is at waist level, as you will most likely be advised not to bend, lift or twist. Consider premaking meals for a week and freezing them. Get a grabber in case you drop something. Have ice packs available for incision pain (works great). Get your rep's name and number, and put it in your phone, in case you have any questions or concerns post op. take a really good shower and wash your hair morning of surgery. get the disposable heatable washclothes and dry shampoo (you can get at larger pharmacies) to keep fresh until you can shower again. record your favorite shows to watch (or movies you have wanted to watch but haven't had time to recently: I like the comedies)
If I think of any more will update

Posted by jinglepaws (220 posts)
Sep 09, 2015 10:56 AM

Flygal's list is a good one. Several comfortable pillows to help you get comfortable in bed, loose, soft, easy on/off pajamas and clothing, (avoid things that have to go overhead) no tight or elastic waistband (or tight fitting or binding elastic underwear) as you don't want to irritate the IPG incision. Raise commonly used items as high off floor as high as possible and lower commonly used items off high shelves and cabinets. Get a reacher for each room in house (one reacher is never in the room you need it in). Long handled shoehorn, long handled dust pan, and if you have a cat box to clean, a long handled litter scoop are all helpful. As is a long handled shower sponge to reach legs, feet etc in shower. Elastic shoelaces, are helpful as well. Stock up on easy to fix microwave dinners.

Posted by ljbtxrose (2 posts)
Sep 13, 2015 7:56 AM

Sorry it's taken so long to get back. I really appreciate all the great advice and will definitely follow it. Right now I'm scheduled for the 23rd but last week I week to do my labs and my EKG came up abnormal. I have to go and see a cardiologist on the 18th, so if they decide I need a stress test, that will probably change my surgery date.

Posted by flygal (483 posts)
Sep 14, 2015 10:16 PM

Tx Rose,
We are all here for you whenever you need it. Best of luck with cardiology consult. Stay strong

Posted by mcapilot (3 posts)
Sep 20, 2015 1:24 AM

Tying shoes can be an issue. I usually wear running shoes because i find they give me the most support. I replaced my laces with Lock Lace. A bungee cord kind of lace allowing you to sleep in and out of shoes. Running stores and even some Dick's Sporting goods carry them. Around $8. Love mine. Good luck.

Posted by flygal (483 posts)
Sep 20, 2015 5:23 AM

You are so right; I forgot about them even though I wear them every day.






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