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Following posterior cervical laminectomy/fusion. I don't have a reclining chair and am concerned about support for neck and sleeping . . . seems a medical type recliner might be useful for 2-3 weeks? i assume the surgeon would authorize one . . .

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We're talking about a Neck surgery here! I doubt that you will need a wheelchair. To be perfectly honest, I've had 2 neck surgeries, 2 level herniated discs, with discectomy and fusions, both done front the front of my neck, the second surgery required stabilization using a titanium plate and four screws. And honestly, the recovery time and post operative pain, was not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. My husband had a cervical discectomy, postereriorly, as you are having, 6his first three days, he had some pretty bad muscular swelling and pain, but this quickly subsided, and was controlled with pain medications. I know that you are feeling frightened about your upcoming surgery, as I was too, but it honesty wasn't as bad as I thought it would be! I hope this helps to reassure you, and makes it not quite as scary as it all sounds! Good luck, it will be so much better once it's all over!
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probably not a reclining chair, but if the rest of your medical condition will qualify you for a power wheelchair, you can get that, and have the doctor order the reclining back, and then if it's a hover round, decline it on delivery, because they charge for it, 349.00 last i checked, and then remove the 90 cent cotter pin, and the chair will recline. Then you have a reclining chair, a bit of mobility, and the most that would cost you is the price of a neck rest, which is about 70.00, which is not covered, usually.
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This isn't a comparable situation, but my sister had a surgery sometime between 1995 and 1999 and had to keep her head lowered for a few weeks. I don't recall the type of surgery, but she even had to eat with her face down. It just could not be held upright.

She asked her physician about a special chair and was provided one, although I believe she was working at that time so she had insurance through the hospital at which she worked. And that probably was more generous than Medicare.

She really needed it b/c everything had to be done with her face lowered; it couldn't be held upright at all.

When you contact your surgeon, couch your request in terms of "medical necessity."
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Also, I've had 2 neck surgeries, and never found the need specifically for a recliner, you usually have to wear a neck brace for a number of weeks, unless things have changed, this was 15 years ago.
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Another idea would be to look on Craigslist, as sometimes you can find recliners pretty inexpensively on ther, along with many other medical supplies.
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I've never seem a medical supply that offered short term rentals on recliners. You can probably look online. I know at one time the only portion of the recliner that Medicare would pay for was the lift portion of a chair and that depended on specific diagnosis if I remember correctly. Would a hospital bed work? You can get those short term.
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Ask the surgeon before you have the fusion; she/he or the staff will be able to check for you - they'll have the diagnostic codes and enough information to give you an answer.
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