"There are no routine operations in your midsection."
I'll say a big AMEN to that! I haven't been the same since they cut me from side to side and from breast bone down to the navel (rt. lobectomy and 2 incisional hernia repairs at the midrift.) I pooch out above the naval and just feel "weird" in the upper abdominal area. Sometimes when I bend over, I can feel my intestine get twisted or "caught" and it takes a moment of relaxing for it to return to normal.
Mike there is a "reacher" or "grabber" you can get at Walgreen's or most any drug store. It allows me to pick things up from the floor easily. I also use it to hold up a pants leg. Additionally, I have a contraption that allows me to put on my socks myself. You would probably need to contact a medical supply house for that. It was given to me at rehab after my last hip revision. The sock goes over it and the foot goes in it, then you pull the cords on the side and voila--the sock is on!
I mentioned TIPS because that is what is usually done when nothing else is working. At that point, the benefits outweigh the possible risks.
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