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Old 02-19-2007, 04:25 PM
SeanTheFireman SeanTheFireman is offline
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What is every bodies opinion on getting a raised toilet seat for after surgery?


Oct 2005- Repurtured L4/L5 & L5/S1
Oct 2006 -Discogram
Hybrid Surgery Feb. 21, 2007 at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston
Charite ADR at L4/L5 and Fusion at L5/S1
Workers Comp paid 100%
Feeling Great!!
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Old 02-19-2007, 05:52 PM
spotty14 spotty14 is offline
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I have a toilet which is ADA approved so it's higher than the normal toilet. I haven't had surgery but I need this now and it's probably high enough that a raised toilet seat isn't needed.
7/05 EMG/Nerve Conduction Tests
8/04 Disqualified from ADR clinical trial due to severe osteoporosis -- getting treatment
3/04 updated MRI
11/2000 IDET L 3/4, L4/5
1/2000 Discogram
numerous epidural injections
physical therapy
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Old 02-19-2007, 07:10 PM
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Terry Terry is offline
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I had the same discs done as what you are having done this week. I had thought about getting the raised seat but did not. As it turned out I did not need it.

I wish you the best of luck this week. I'm excited for you also. It's great having this option rather than a fusion.

Terry Newton
1980 ruptured L4-L5
1988 ruptured SI-L5
1990 ruptured C5-C6
1994 ruptured C6-C7
1995 Hemi-Laminectomy C5-C6, C6-C7 Mayo Clinic
Bicycle Accident 2004
MRI, EMG, Facet Injections, Epidural Blocks, Lumbar Discogram.
Stenum Hospital Surgery November 4, 2006
Prestige Disc C5-C6, C6-C7
Maverick Disc S1-L5, L4-L5
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Old 02-20-2007, 08:19 AM
ClassicZippo ClassicZippo is offline
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Hi Sean
I use one now and also a "handicap" bar so my hubby doesn't have to help me on and off anymore.
wedge compression #L1 1989 - assaulted by patient at work
Herniation L4-L5,L5-S1
the usual... myelograms,MRI's,CT scans,xrays,EMG
epidural blocks
facet injections
"serious degeneration" L1-L2
Discogram - L1 - S1 -discogenic with L3/4,L4/5
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Old 02-20-2007, 10:56 AM
Sharon Sharon is offline
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Hi Sean
I used a raised toilet seat for about 2 1/2 weeks. I would definately recommend one. So much less stress on the incision and back.
I wish you you all the best for your surgery!!
Take Care
DDD L5-S1 (complete annular tear)
2 epidurals / 1 facet injection 2004 with no relief
Positive discogram 2005 L5-S1
Positive 2nd discogram 12/06 with anaesthetic block
Facet nerve block 2006 negative
ADR surgery L5-S1 Charite Disc / Dr Bitan January2007
X- LIF L4-l5 October 2009
Fusion L5-S1 revision surgery to eliminate charite disc. 2011
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Old 02-20-2007, 12:58 PM
davidj8121 davidj8121 is offline
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I also am using one and will continue until everything is fused. For me, a standard toliet puts a lot of bending pressure on L5/S1.

David R. Johnson
1996 Disckectomy at L5/S1
12 Months of researching ADR
Surgery 2/8/07 at TBI Prodisc L5/S1 with Dr. Zigler
Feeling Fantastic !!
2009 L3/L4 Finally Went.
6/2009 l3/l4 clean-up surgery, failed miserably
Surgery with Dr. Z again 1/28/2010, L3/4 and L4/5.
That will make 3 Prodisc's. Lumbar feels FANTASTIC!!!!
5/5/10, failed fromanotimy on c5/6.
6/9/10 C5/6 Prodisc replace with the man, Dr. Zigler.
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