A trip to the hospital requires adequate preparation. Regardless of whether you are going to give birth or are undergoing a complex surgical procedure/treatment, it’s imperative to bring some personal items to ensure a comfortable stay at the facility — especially if your mobility will be compromised after the procedure or treatment.For those who are scheduled to undergo a spine surgery, a New Jersey spine surgery center has put together a list of essential personal items for patients to bring. This list includes convenience products to help patients perform typical tasks that may prove to be not only challenging but also potentially dangerous to execute after the surgery.
- A warm and comfortable robe – Patients who can walk after the surgery are always encouraged to do so to keep the body flexible, and at the same time, promote faster healing. The robe is a good enough defense from the cold interior climate of the hospital and it will provide “backside” coverage for the patient (to add to the thin hospital gowns).
- Pajamas –These are better sleepwear options in hospitals because they’re warm and comfy. However, make sure that the pajama top buttons at the front because it’s much easier to slip on and off than pullovers.
- Slip-on soft moccasins or Crocs – They are very comfortable to wear, they provide enough foot support, and they can be worn indoors and outdoors. Plus, patients do not have to bend over to tie these shoes, making them the perfect footwear after a spine surgery.
- Fuzzy socks – Most patients tend to easily get cold and socks can help maintain the right body temperature.
Personal Convenience Items
- Laxatives or stool softeners – Due to the surgery, voiding may become difficult and painful (post-operative constipation). Laxatives will prove to be helpful in making elimination easier for patients. At times, the hospital provides these, but for patients who are more used to a particular brand or organic products, it’s best to bring their own instead of the generic ones hospitals tend to offer.
- Ice packs – These are helpful items for pain relief.
- Back scratcher – Long hours of lying down can cause itchy skin irritations. It’s quicker and easier to get to those itchy spots with a long back scratcher.
- Water bottle – One with a squirt top to easily quench thirst without requiring the patient to sit up is ideal.
- Music player and earphones – This is to drown out the hospital noise and provide personal entertainment during the hospital stay.
- Lumbar pillow or cushions – They provide additional back support.
- Cane or walker – It can help make walking less strenuous after surgery.
- Braces – These are to be used upon instruction and recommendation of the treating specialist.
- Toiletries – These are very personal items that provide a comforting sense of familiarity to patients (like their own toothbrush, or their favorite brand of shampoo and soap).
- Hair brush and ties – Mostly for women who don’t want tangled, messy hair.
- Lotion – It can help add moisture to the skin, which then can help it regenerate faster.
- Disposable moist antibacterial wipes – To be used by patients who need a quick way to stay clean without overexerting themselves.