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Unread 10-05-2011, 10:27 AM
Questions about pillow for after surgery

Hi there. It sounds like it is best to have a pillow around for when you cough, laugh, etc. after the surgery. I'm not sure what kind to get. Has the pillow offered on this website worked well for any of you? If not, do you have any recommendations?
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Unread 10-05-2011, 10:35 AM
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I have no experience with the one they sell here, but I have a wonderful pillow that I've been so thankful for in the week since my surgery. I found it at Wal-Mart, and it is called a "boomerang pillow". It was about $14 a couple of months ago. It is also nice for sleep to put my head on one side, and snuggle up the other side to my tummy, either lying on my back, or just slightly on my side. The nurses and CNA's at the hospital were all in awe of it, because it was easy for them to use to help position me comfortably. I really liked that it was all cotton up against my face - the hospital pillows are all vinyl covered with cotton, and they don't breathe well.
Unread 10-05-2011, 10:45 AM
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I bought a little rectangular one from the fabric store - I think it's feather - so it will kinda spread out a little but not too much and I am hoping to have time to sew a little "pillowcase" with little handles on it - kinda like the one on the site so I can carry it easily with me.....I can't tell you how it works yet since I don't know....It's about 14 x 18 inches...I also found another for riding in the car on amazon...hope it's okay to mention brand names - it's called an "ouie pillow" and it has little velcro straps to hook to the lap belt in the's much smaller than the other pillow so I don't think it would be enough support for sneezing etc...but I will feel safer riding in the car with the seat belt with that between me and the belt....
Best wishes!
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Unread 10-05-2011, 06:47 PM
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Just like sammer, my throw pillow was invaluable. Mine was about 40x40cm square and I've held it to my tummy when lying in bed and when sitting on the toilet. I ensured that I had plenty of other pillows on my bed too, including a 'boomerang' shape one. It was more comfortable to have a pillow at your back or front when lying on your side in bed. I used them to support my back when sitting up in bed and also put one under my knees when lying flat or sitting up.
It is really unbelievable how much better you feel holding something against your tummy when relaxing. But essential when going to the toilet, coughing, sneezing, laughing too!
Unread 10-05-2011, 08:02 PM
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I used a travel pillow and I purchased a travel pillowcase. I think me and my pillow have formed a lol I never leave home without it. I had my TAH on 8/1 and my stomach is still very sore, I still can't let the seatbelt touch me so the pillow is a lifesaver. Good Luck, I'm sure you will find one that suits you fine.
Unread 10-05-2011, 09:55 PM
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I bought a pillow pet! A zebra one that matches the new robe I bought from Macy's!! too cute. Bringing it to the castle with me on friday.
Unread 10-05-2011, 11:45 PM
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i just bought a small piggy pillow pet too LOL
Unread 10-06-2011, 12:52 AM
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I bought a cushion "inner" before my op. It is about 15 inches square. I just wrapped it in an old pillowcase and I have had it on my lap and taken it to bed with me.
Even after 5 weeks (post TAH) I still like taking it to bed - maybe subconsciously I think my insides are going to fall out in the night.

You do need something to hold against you when you cough, and also when you have a BM, perhaps! At least, at the beginning.

If you can avoid sneezing, I suggest you do. That can really hurt!
Unread 10-06-2011, 01:27 AM
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The best option is an abdominal binder! You can ask for it at the hospital or buy one at like Walgreens before had. There are not enough words to say how much this helps your pain levels. My surgeon but it on before even waking me up. It helped so much. I have asked for the same thing the last to surgeries following my TAH. It can help with pain, swelling, reduce scar tissues, makes it easier to move with it. Helps with coughing, laughing getting up and down. It is totally amazing! Best of luck. I hope this surgery brings you lasting relief <3
Unread 10-06-2011, 01:40 AM
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For me I used a pillow for one night in the hospital but other then that I did not really need one to hold up to my tummy I did however use one to keep my legs up. I tucked it in under my covers so when I slept my legs where up and that really helped to ease the pain plus a heating pad on your lower back set on low works great to it did for me anyways. Good luck to you.

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