• Wedge pillow

    Asked by dlwx5 on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    Wedge pillow

    I am a tummy/ side sleeper & am having bilateral mastectomy on the 31st. Where did you buy your wedge pillow & what are its dimensions? Thank you

    17 Answers from the Community

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    • Tracy's Avatar
      Tracy

      Hi,
      You can buy these on amazon or if you look in your phone book you will find that many pharmacies that have medical supplies as well. When I had to sleep sitting up as a teen my parents put a suitcase under the head of my mattress which worked very well. I have one that I bought on amazon that has foam inserts to raise the levels -Tracy

      almost 7 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar
      ChildOfGod4570

      Are you talking about the C shaped pillow that goes under your arm? I have one that was indluced in a care package when I was first diagnosed and sent away for literature from the American Cancer Society. I do think you can go to any pillow shop and buy cervical pillows that normally go around the neck; They're U shaped and are designed to prop your head up if you are the type to read or watch TV in bed. However, there is no reason you can't use them under your arms. Hope this helps. Gugs and God belss you!

      almost 7 years ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      My son got one for me at Bed Bath and Beyond. I don't know the dimensions, but it goes from my head to about the middle of my back. It makes it easier to get out of bed.

      almost 7 years ago
    • ivelisse44's Avatar
      ivelisse44

      Hi. I had my mastectomy last December. I am also a side sleeper and I bought at Brookestone a wedge pillow that helped me a lot to sleep and rest during recovering . It has four different positions so you can change It whenever you feel to It. It's a little bit expensive but worth every penny. Best of luck and many blessing.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Bb31565's Avatar
      Bb31565

      If you sew or know some one that does they can make them shaped like a heart.....UT hospital has a group that makes them for their patients. That is what I used and it was awesome! Works well under seatbelt too.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Carol1286's Avatar
      Carol1286

      My husband got mine online, but I don't know from where. Google wedge pillow and you'll get a lot of hits. Then google for coupons for wherever you decide to buy from to minimize your cost. Mine is quite large. I put another pillow on top of it to sleep. But in all honesty, sleeping in a recliner was much better.

      almost 7 years ago
    • ivelisse44's Avatar
      ivelisse44

      Hi again! I forgot to tell you that in addition to the wedge pillow, I got myself a mattress memory foam so I could sleep even more comfortable with no pressure in by lower back due to sleep in the same position. Don't forget that after surgery you have to rest at least for 6 weeks before starting any other treatments. It works perfectly. For that you can get a great deal at Costco or Sams Club, and also, at Bed Bath and Beyond and with their 20% discount coupons (you can find it anywhere) you can save couple bucks. Good luck!

      almost 7 years ago
    • dlwx5's Avatar
      dlwx5

      Thank you all!! Have a blessed day.

      almost 7 years ago
    • Jodienyc's Avatar
      Jodienyc

      Here is the one that I got: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/bed-wedge-pillow/1010060850. I was also a side sleeper and used it for about 2 weeks after surgery.

      almost 7 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      i didn't buy anything… i did not have reconstruction, and my recovery was relatively smooth. i used bunches of pillows and blankets from around the house to make a wedge. it worked well, and i didn't spend any money!

      the biggest issue really was the drains. i couldn't sleep on my side until the drains were out. after they were out, i was back to side sleeping - hoooooray!

      almost 7 years ago
    • walkingon's Avatar
      walkingon

      Here's another vote for buying nothing and just using the pillows you have to build a little comfortable fort around you -- a couple for your head, a couple for under your arms. I was really worried about this before BMX and node surgery on both sides -- I NEVER slept on my back. But maybe it was the pain pills the first few days, or maybe just the sheer necessity of back sleeping, but I slept fine until the drains came out and the "holes" healed -- then right back on my side primarily, but lo and behold, I now also sleep on my back! I still keep one pillow for the arm that has slight lymphedema, and sleep only on the other side -- seven weeks after surgery. I had no reconstruction. The very best of wishes to you for your surgery.

      almost 7 years ago
    • JODYRJ's Avatar
      JODYRJ

      I found using the "husband" (sitting up and reading-in-bed style pillow with arms) worked very well to prevent me from rolling over onto my front as well as propping me up - and, of course, is useful later for reading in bed or elsewhere. These are also available at Bed Bath and Beyond as is the plain wedge.

      almost 7 years ago
    • sme's Avatar
      sme

      Cheap solution, I got my foam wedge from a sewing store. Very Cheap. Not too much of an incline on it. I added my own pillow on top of it. Perfect!

      almost 7 years ago
    • flamingogirl's Avatar
      flamingogirl

      If there is a Bed,Bath and Beyond near you, you might want to check there. I lucked out. I have an adjustable sleep number bed that I had bought about a year before my diagnosis. As far as I am concerned, that was the best thing I ever invested in. I am a side sleeper and it was very hard not sleeping on my side. Good Luck!!

      almost 7 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      I was a side and tummy sleeper before bilat...then became a back sleeper for several years...slept on a couple regular pillows.....Wishing you an easy time and recovery.

      almost 7 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      No wedge pillow, but Ikea has a king size down pillow that I use as a foundation for three more pillows. Ask the ACS to send you a small underarm pillow, it helped a lot. I had a UM so only one was needed. Good luck!

      almost 7 years ago
    • Roadrunner's Avatar
      Roadrunner

      I got mine at Bed Bath and Beyond. They have three sizes. I got the small one (7 inches) in the store and then ordered the 12 inch one. I also was a side sleeper, however, this large wedge really helped me get out of bed after my double mastectomy and it also allowed my shoulders to be flat which prevented the back pain which can develop if you don't keep them from turning forward. I bought the smaller one because I wasn't sure the larger one would be delivered in time, however, it was on our doorstep the day I got home from the hospital and I used that wedge for months and then again just recently with my revision surgery. Good luck.

      almost 7 years ago

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