Retina Recovery Blog

Our goal is to help you answer some questions about your vitrectomy surgery and facedown recovery from our experience and the experiences of hundreds of others.

Checklist - What to Get Ready for Your Facedown Recovery



In some cases you have an opportunity to prepare for your vitrectomy. I'm not sure what is best. In my case, I found out on a Monday evening at 5pm that I was going into emergency surgery the next morning. If you do have time, I encourage you to prepare your recovery area prior to your return from surgery.  Keep in mind that you may been told to do NOTHING prior to your surgery.  As a result, it is of utmost importance that you enlist the help of others in moving furniture, picking up toys or cleaning up a room

  • Collect all of the equipment necessary for your recovery period.  A massage table or forward facing manual massage chair is of utmost importance.
  • Set up all equipment and gather a box of tissues, phone, TV remote, books, magazines – anything you would like to use to help you pass the time as you recover.
  • Clear the space around where the patient will be recovering clear of obstructions as they will be limited in their ability to see what is around them, especially for the first few days.
  • Put resources in place to help you after surgery.  If you live alone, find someone who is able to support you during your recovery.  This is a time to lean on loved ones as much as possible.  Your job is to stay face down and rest!
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