If you have just had surgery on your back, you are probably experiencing difficulty with getting around, bending over, raising your arms and reaching for things in general. That is why post back surgery equipment was invented. Items such as handicap reachers and shower transfer benches are among the many post surgery aids that can assist you while you are recovering from serious medical procedures on your back.
Handicap reachers are special devices which are designed to enable people to reach items that are far away without having to bend their backs or raise their arms too much. They are often made of aluminum and look a lot like devices used to retrieve trash, except that they have a two-pronged claw at the end of the device which can permit you to grab something with a fair amount of delicacy. You can pick up items as small as dropped coins and as large as a newspaper.
Shower Transfer Benches
Shower transfer benches are another important device that grants you a certain amount of comfort after you have had back surgery. One thing people hate about surgical procedures is the limitations that they put on hygiene afterward. This may be due to having to avoid getting sutures or protective gauze moist. In the case of back surgery, it may just be the difficulty in showering due to the pain of moving around and working your arms. Using a bench like this in the shower allows the water to simply run down over your body and refresh you during your recovery.
The best news about these handicap devices is the price. Reachers are available from prices as low as ten dollars. Transfer benches for the shower and the tub are little more expensive, but also come with some great options. Simple benches can go for as little as 50 or 60 dollars. Padded and adjustable versions will cost a little more.
List of Recommended Post Back Surgery Equipment
In addition to the items suggested above, here is a longer list of recommended products and gifts for someone after back surgery.
- Handicap Grabbers and Reachers – Reaching for objects far away or high up a shelf can be difficult when you are not supposed to stretch or strain your back. Handicap reachers and grabbers give you that extra length. Make sure to get a long one and a short one so it does not feel awkward or unstable.
- Suction Grab Bars – Your back is weakened and healing so getting in and out of your bathtub will not be met with the same ease pre-surgery. In places where you need more stability such as the bathroom or shower, grab bars are very much a necessity. If you do not want a permanent installation of a grab bar in your bathroom, suction grab bars are the perfect alternative.
- Bandage Protectors – After back surgery, you should try to keep your back dry. Wounds, dressings and stitches should be covered with a waterproof bandage protector. These bandage protectors can help keep the water out when showering. If you do get the back area wet, dry the area immediately with a clean towel.
- No Water Shower Hair Caps – Clean your hair without the use of water to rinse or wet. After back surgery, you are told to keep your back dry for certain period of time. This means you cannot get into a shower to wash your hair. With these shampoo caps, you can put one on, massage your hair and scalp, remove, and dry clean with a towel. Gets rid of odors and washes your hair clean without water or rinsing.
- Quad Walking Canes – Since your back is still recovering, you need to recruit other stability muscles when walking or go up a flight of stairs. Quad canes provide more stability than single leg canes. Make sure the base of the canes fit the size of the steps.
- Lift Tables – Reduce the amount of bending and leaning over from your back. Lift tables can raise heavy objects to waist level. Anyone recovering from back surgery, have sciatica, suffer from back pain, or are prone to back injuries will find these lift tables very useful for moving heavy objects around.
- Sitting Shower Chairs – Most people are unable to stand the entire time when showering but this does not mean you can’t enjoy a shower. Sitting chairs are available with or without a back rest. They are strong and hold more than 250lbs in any wet environment.
- Medical Walkers – Walking takes a lot of effort after back surgery. Long distances can be quite difficult without the assistance of a walker. If you intend to go places, get this equipment to save your back. It can also carry your groceries or shopping bags.
- Wiping Aids – If your doctor told you not to twist or bend post back surgery, listen to their advice and get some wiping aids for your backside. Those hard to reach areas on your body will appreciate it.
- Portable Over Bed Tables – Use this time to rest in bed and recuperate without boring yourself. Over bed tables can act as a food tray, writing desk, table for laptops, book stands, and whatever else you might need in bed.
Whether you are planning to have back surgery or already had the surgery, consider these items to assist in the rehabilitation process.