NECK PAIN-FREE Face-Down Recovery after Vitrectomy surgery for a Macular Hole, Retinal Detachment, or Macular Pucker.
Published in the magazine “Review of Ophtholmolgy”:
Vitrectomy Face-Down Equipment Rental.
Neck pain relief along with the freedom of mobility.
THE PATENT-PENDING, UNIQUE FACEDOWNWALKER® SAVES YOU FROM ENDURING THE GRUELING 24/7 NECK PAIN THAT GOES ALONG WITH THE RECOVERY PERIOD.
Most people find the recovery period torturous, the most difficult part of the entire process, much more so than the surgery itself. Designed to help my wife physically AND emotionally make it through her required ten days of face-down recovery, the FaceDownWalker® TAKES AWAY THE NECK PAIN AND SAVES YOU FROM BEING TRAPPED in one position. It helps make the recovery period as comfortable and bearable as possible.
If you can bend your neck to look at the ground while standing and fit at least three fingers on your forehead over your eyebrows, then the unique design of the FaceDownWalker® will take away the pain in your neck from having to maintain the face-down position during the many days of your recovery period. Pain builds up in your neck, even when sitting in a massage chair and/or on doughnut shaped pillows. The forehead pad in the FaceDownWalker® takes all the weight of your head off of your neck. You can sit on most of your own kitchen chairs, hard backed chairs, stools or ottomans for a virtually pain-free recovery period. Plus you can move about your home. Movement is so important to maintain blood flow to help prevent blood clots from forming in your legs.
Our eyesight is precious and yes we all take it for granted… until you experience strange happenings that obscure your vision. Confused and frightened, you visit your eye doctor. There you learn in order to try and save your eyesight you need to undergo a procedure called a Vitrectomy and to get through the recovery time, rent face-down recovery equipment.
This is when you hear the strange words; Macular Hole or Detached Retina or Macular Pucker, most likely for the first time in your life. You could be told that post-Vitrectomy surgery you are required to keep your head face-down, parallel to the floor 24/7 and remain that way for up to ten days or more. These instructions might not seem impossible at first but they are torturous.
You quickly discover that the recovery period becomes physically and mentally debilitating. The face-down position creates an excruciating strain on your neck and upper body muscles. Your face will most likely be very tender after the surgery and will make it difficult to keep it on a pillow. Sitting still for such a length of time creates a situation, if you are susceptible, to having blood clots form in your legs. Sitting still for days just in a Vitrectomy recovery chair wreaks havoc on your emotional state. The pads become very uncomfortable and after a short time you will want to and need to get up and change positions.
Vitrectomy Face-Down Recovery Equipment.
My wife underwent Vitrectomy surgery to repair a detached retina. For the recovery period she was instructed to sit in a Vitrectomy recovery chair and sleep face down on a doughnut shaped pad. After two days of this regimen she was overwhelmed by neck, shoulder, jaw & back pain as well as her face hurting from being on the doughnut pad of the chair and bed pillow. Claustrophobia and depression set in. There was a real worry about her developing blood clots in her legs as she had a pulmonary embolism resulting in a collapsed lung a year before.
My response to help this situation was designing the patent-pending FaceDownWalker® mobile support system. Your head can weigh up to 11 pounds. Your neck is not designed to hold it in the face-down position for any significant length of time. The FaceDownWalker® relieves the strain on your neck and the rest of your upper body muscles. The forehead sling of the FaceDownWalker® comfortably transfers the weight of your head to the backpack. Unlike most doughnut shaped pads, the forehead sling relaxes the muscles in your neck, chin and back and allowing you some limited mobility for supervised, relatively pain-free extended periods of time.
This is your eyesight! You want to stay compliant with your doctors’ orders to keep your head in the face-down position to achieve the best possible outcome.
The FaceDownWalker® allows you the freedom to get up from the massage chair for extended periods of time. With the FaceDownWalker® you may stand, sit in most of your own hard chairs and move about your home. It is important for your body to change positions and move during recovery. Now you don’t have to feel trapped for the duration of your recovery. Spend some time in a massage chair, then put on the FaceDownWalker® and move about your home, sit in a few different hard chairs. Then remove the FaceDownWalker® and lay down for some time. Mixing up your positioning will help you to feel better, keep your muscles from tightening and keep your blood flowing.
Instructions to place an order on the website for a FaceDownWalker®:
or call direct to place order 323-447-3222
click on “ORDER (store home)” tab on the top bar of the home page
click on box ”Select Options” under the picture
click on box “Choose an option” for non-smoking or smoking
click on box “Choose an option” for Rental Period; 5,7,10 or 15 days
click on box “Add to cart”
click on “Calculate Shipping”
click on “select a country” USA
click on “Select an option…” state you are sending to
type in destination zip code
click on “Update totals”
click on shipping day length **ONLY COUNT BUSINESS DAYS FOR REALISTIC TIMING OF SHIPPING, UPS DOES NOT CONSIDER WEEKENDS AS SHIPPING/TRAVEL DAYS**
**IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TRY TO GET THE UNIT AT LEAST ONE TO TWO DAYS BEFORE YOUR SURGERY SO YOU CAN PROPERLY ADJUST AND FIT THE BACKPACK COMFORTABLY.**
click on “Proceed to checkout”
Fill out the form for your name, address, etc. then fill in “ship to different address” info if sending somewhere other than your billing address.
Fill in your credit card info
click on the box “I’ve read and accept the terms & conditions”
click on “Place Order”
**PLEASE HAVE A COMPANION WITH YOU HOLDING YOUR HAND WHEN YOU WALK AROUND OR USE A WALKER FOR ADDED STABILITY. YOU MAY STAND, SIT IN MOST CHAIRS OR WALK AROUND YOUR HOME. PLEASE STAY COMPLIANT WITH KEEPING YOUR HEAD IN THE FACE DOWN POSITION 24/7 WITH NO SUDDEN MOVEMENTS.***