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by MarionS on Tue Jun 12, 2012 03:49 PM
My son will have surgery in 2 weeks. He has been told that he will have to sleep at approximately a thirty degree angle to prevent reflux. How have you adjusted the bed to accomplish this? Pillow wedges seem to be the most popular, but they do not allow comfortable sleeping in any position other than on your back. I am thinking of a wedge (wooden?) that could go under the mattress ( the full length) that would make the bed similar to laying on a sloping hill. That way when he is completely healed, he could lay on either side or even his stomach and still have his body at the correct angle. What do you think of this? Do yhou have any idea where I could get or have this wedge made? I am in the Cleveland OH area.
by crayfish on Tue Jun 12, 2012 05:07 PM
There are "bed risers" you can get to go under the head of the bed and elevate it. Not too costly. Try a bed store, Sears and such.
We had very limited funds so used bricks - worked but was not as steady as I would have liked.
by Aoife on Tue Jun 12, 2012 07:57 PM
I used lots of pillows - nothing else, though I tend to sleep resting against my husband.
by Helpforhiswife on Wed Jun 13, 2012 05:35 AM
by rickjenn on Wed Jun 13, 2012 02:18 PM
Hi MarionS, I am surprised that anyone would have made such a specific recommendation. I think the reality is that every person is different, and every surgery is different, and the perfect solution for avoiding/reducing reflux problems is hard to predict ahead of time. If you scan through previous posts you will see a whole series of solutions people have found that work for them. Some raise the head of the bed. Some get special hospital-like beds. Some use wedge pillows of different angles. One person I remember advocated a "bedge" which is longer than most wedge pillows. Personally, I have rasied the head of my bed a little and use a wedge pillow that I get from a local medical supply store. There are also all shapes and sizes of wedges and bedges on the internet. I have an inflatable wedge for traveling. For me a 30 degree angle is too steep, but some people may need it. Bottomline is that your son should experiment with different approaches and figure out what works for him. Don't assume there is a single correct solution. Best wishes, Rick
by doingfine on Wed Jun 13, 2012 08:46 PM
I agree with Rick, you won't know until after the surgery what will work best for him. I loved my recliner best and stayed in it for 2 years. I took my nutrition by feeding tube throughout the nights and it worked well in the recliner. Later, I purchased a 12 inch wedge from the local medical supply house and we also used bricks under the top of the bed. It worked well for the acid reflux, but it was a pain to try to hike myself up and keep on the wedge. Someone told me to put a pillow under my knees and that did help. Eventually we purchased the Craftmatic adjustable beds.
If you have a recliner you will be set for quite awhile, but if you cannot find someone to make what you are thinking of, check out J. C. Penney online. Search Bed Wedge.
by mccoy70 on Thu Jun 14, 2012 05:09 PM
I also agree with Rick, you won't know till you get there. I was a side sleeper until my surgery. I started with a wedge but fell off of it a couple of time. I now use a genie magic, a long inflatable wedge that goes the entire width of my bed. It is working SO FAR. I am looking to get a medical bed, one that adjusts as that seems to be the best solution of all, and some insurances will cover it if your doctor writes a script.
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