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Sleeping on my side after surgery? Sleeping on my side after surgery?

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Unread 08-26-2011, 09:43 AM
Sleeping on my side after surgery?

I'm wondering if I'll be able to sleep on my side after surgery.
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Unread 08-26-2011, 10:00 AM
Re: Sleeping on my side after surgery?

I could, some here couldn't.
You can try to sleep with a large pillow against your belly. I did that, and that's more comfortable.
Just try, you find out if it works.
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Unread 08-26-2011, 10:16 AM
Re: Sleeping on my side after surgery?

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Originally Posted by Gingerbreadz View Post
I'm wondering if I'll be able to sleep on my side after surgery.
I THOUGHT I had to lie on my back and it was killing me, and I asked the nurse if I could lie on my side. She said "no problem" and I just used the side rail on my bed to help me shift position and I was fine. That was the evening on my surgery day. It was such a relief! When I got home, I used a pillow (as suggested). I tried a "body pillow", but a smaller pillow worked better. Also, I wasn't as comfortable if I was in my bed, but if I was on the couch, I was much more comfortable - I guess the couch "gives" where the bed really doesn't. I actually preferred the couch anyway because I could find a "sweet spot" and just settle in easier. It wasn't too long before I could lie on my side without a pillow at all; you just have to keep trying it out. Wishing you all the best through your surgery and recovery!
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Unread 08-26-2011, 10:33 AM
Re: Sleeping on my side after surgery?

Good question - I was wondering the same thing. Tried sleeping on my back last night just to see - did not work. I bought 2 body pillows which hopefully will allow me to get compfortable at least partly on my side.
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Unread 08-26-2011, 01:58 PM
Re: Sleeping on my side after surgery?

I normally sleep withe a body pillow. Before my surgery I bought a nice, new, fluffy one. Night of the surgery it didn't matter as the pain meds knocked me out. Second night I couldn't get comfy in bed, but the body pillow on the recliner was awesome. Ever since, I've been sleeping on my side just like before.
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Unread 08-26-2011, 06:51 PM
Re: Sleeping on my side after surgery?

I haven't been able to do it yet, I tried last night again and it was too painful. I'm stuck on my back for now and still a little propped up by pillows around my shoulders and neck. I think I'm not the norm though, my recovery is moving along a lot slower than most that had my type of surgery. You can always try and if it doesn't work give it a couple days and try again.
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Unread 08-27-2011, 07:11 AM
Re: Sleeping on my side after surgery?

I came home from the hospital yesterday, and slept on my side for a little while last night. It felt comfortable enough.
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Unread 08-27-2011, 02:15 PM
Re: Sleeping on my side after surgery?

I'm 12 days post op.

Had TAH.

I'm a back sleeper but I usually go to sleep on my side and turn over after a couple hours because my shoulder starts hurting.

It took me roughly 4-5 days after I got home to be able to sleep on my side somewhat comfortably.

At first, I could feel my insides being pulled toward the bed and that hurt.

It did help to use a small travel pillow to wedge between my tummy and the bed.

I do use a king size pillow as a body pillow now.
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Unread 08-27-2011, 05:07 PM
Re: Sleeping on my side after surgery?

I slept in the recliner, because I toss and turn so much. I was scared I would mess something up and felt safe there
Best wishes for your upcoming surgery!
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Unread 08-27-2011, 08:39 PM
Re: Sleeping on my side after surgery?

I had a TVH and slept on my side right from the start. Even in the hospital.

When I got home I had a body pillow, it really helped in laying down on the bed and rolling over. I hugged it tightly while I sat on the side of the bed and slowly laid down on my side with it.

Good luck with your surgery!!
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