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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2014

    Default Back brace after spinal fusion

    I had spinal fusion at Stanmore two weeks ago. I don't know exactly what was done because all I have been told is that the did more so the first stage and so don't need to do the second stage.
    My problem is the back brace. I can't put it on or get it off by myself. I am 65, live alone and will not have anyone there to help me with it. The carers will come in for 6 weeks, but they won't be there at 4 in the morning when I need to get up to go to the loo. Everyone here at RNOH seems to think I just need practice, but it haven't the strength in my arms or the flexibility in my shoulders to put the thing on and tighten the straps. Has anyone else solved this problem?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    South London

    Default Re: Back brace after spinal fusion

    Hello and welcome! In my honest opinion, not knowing what you have done, it won't matter much if you dont wear it for that amount of time, as all its there to do, is to stop you from bending and twisting these days. Most people wont have a brace these days after it, but some surgeons will still recommend having one. But i have to agree, putting something on like a button down shirt was hard enough to put on let alone a heavy brace! You could get onto your surgeon and see if the 5 mins without it on will do any harm, which i doubt it will, but it's still good to check and make sure.

    Hope this has helped.
    Diagnosed at 14 in '08 with Neuromuscular Kyposcoliosis (due to my Neurofibromatosis Type 1) in the Thoraco-lumber region (T-65* L60*).
    Halo traction for a week then I had surgery 08/05/14, fused C5-T12 correcting curves by about half by the amazing, Mr Bernard.
    And then an Anterior Iliac Strut graft in my neck/ chest on the 05/06/14

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2012

    Default Re: Back brace after spinal fusion

    I really struggled after 2 stage surgey with my brace.
    After a few weeks at home, I found a way to get it on rolling in to it but couldn't tighten the shoulder straps.
    As much as my hubby was great and in the middle of the night I would wake him to go to the loo, I swear if u know you can't go to the loo you want to even more haha!!!
    I was a bit naughty and only purely for toilet night breaks would sleep with the corset laid flat undone under me, which I could fasten myself in the night to get up and undo when back in bed.
    Hope your recovery is going well, it does get easier
    Kerry x
    35 year old, diagnosed @ 15 with 75* curve, progressed to double curve 110* and 60* by time of surgery.
    2stage surgery under Mr Lehovsky @ Stanmore aged 32- Anterior 16th Jan 2013 and Posterior 22nd Jan 2013. Came home 30th Jan 2013. Fused t1-t12.
    I am very thankful to Mr Lehovsky, Hanny registrar, Dr Inyaki and the rest of guys at RNOH Stanmore for taking such good care of me and giving me a chance to improve my life.

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