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    Pressure Sore/Isch Dish

    Anyone had any experience with the Isch Dish cushion? Made by Span America. I have just healed a stage 4 pressure sore and I am scared to death to sit up on it. Thinking this cushion may be good to relieve the pressure on my ischel bones.

    http://www.spanamerica.com/isch_dish.php



    thanks for any feedback.

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    I definitely wouldn't risk it. That cushion created skin problems for me.
    I went back to a ROHO after a year on the isch dish.

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    Because everyone's circumstances are so individualized I won't make a reccommendation but can tell you my experience...

    In 1990 at 12 years post injury I had a large pilonidal cyst excised from my sacral area. The surgeon did a good job and closed it with a "Z- plasty " which is esentially two triangular flaps in my case ending right in the sacral area. There wasn't much of an internet at the time and I happened to be in a medical supply store when I saw the "Ish DIsh" cushion. Like you I was very reluctant to have any pressure at all on the healing area so I purchased one and used it for a few months.

    Things healed up very well but I have no way of knowing how big a factor the Ish Dish cushion was. At some point I made my way back to a Roho which I had used prior to and still use after surgery.

    Wishing you speedy recovery and think it is wise you are taking it slow and trying to think of everything possible to keep from undoing all the healing you must have done to get to this point.
    Best, Ches

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    Quote Originally Posted by MNicholson81 View Post
    Anyone had any experience with the Isch Dish cushion? Made by Span America. I have just healed a stage 4 pressure sore and I am scared to death to sit up on it. Thinking this cushion may be good to relieve the pressure on my ischel bones.

    http://www.spanamerica.com/isch_dish.php



    thanks for any feedback.
    Just reread your post... as I wrote above I used the cushion in attempts off load any pressure off my sacral area SO I was using it to put pressure ON ischial tuberosity bones... if you want to keep pressure OFF ischials I would not recomend.

    Sorry for initial misreading.

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    I've been warned away from the "IshDish" by a physical therapist. You might want to talk to a positioning/seating pro about:

    ContourĀ® Select Cushion
    http://www.therohogroup.com/products...ct_cushion.jsp

    or one of the Stimulite Contoured Cushions
    http://www.supracor.com/products/show/108
    http://www.supracor.com/products/show/3

    All the best,
    GJ

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    Thanks everyone. I do currently have a robo quatro high profile. I just wish there was a cushion out there that took all pressure off of ischils without jeopardizing another area. I guess I am only dreaming....

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    I think what you're dreaming of would be the ride cushion?
    Board Member of Assistance Dog Advocacy Project working in Education. Feel free to ask me any service dog questions!

    I am not paralyzed. I have a genetic connective tissue disorder with neuro complications and a movement disorder.

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    MNicholson81,

    Regarding "... wish there was a cushion out there that took all pressure off of ischils without jeopardizing another area."

    Please remember that relieving pressure in one area necessarily requires that the unsupported weight of the relieved area be fully supported by other areas. Thus, accommodating your wish would require that you know how much pressure your specific body can comfortably tolerate at each point on the surface of your seat area. The associated pressure data is not constant for all individuals, nor is the data independent of time, nor is the data constant for all postural and movement variations.

    However; in your very specific case, a dynamic cushion could be a good investment at this time.

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