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What to consider when purchasing or renting a face down recovery system after a vitrectomy

Preparing for a vitrectomy or retinal surgery may feel overwhelming. There is a lot of information to digest about what to expect, how to prepare for the procedure, and what the recovery process will look like for you.

Each patient may have a different experience based on their unique situation.

While we can’t help you during your surgery, we CAN help you post-op if your surgeon requires you to remain face down for a certain amount of time.

Our affordable, face down recovery systems take into account complete body alignment to prevent spinal compression and reduce lower back pain while you lay face down for long periods of time.

With that being said, whether you choose one of our affordable recovery systems or not, here are a few things to consider when researching a face down recovery system:

Renting vs. Buying

One of the questions we get often is "why don't you offer equipment rentals"? From the beginning, our team knew we didn't want to compete in the vitrectomy recovery equipment rental market.

That's not to say that rentals don't have their place. Here are a few things to keep in mind when determining whether purchasing or renting a recovery system is right for you:


According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, it is estimated that 30% of the population carries Staphylococcus aureus, also known as staph, on the skin or in the nose.

If you're looking at rental recovery equipment, it's important to know exactly what procedures, cleaning methods, and disinfectant solutions are being used to sanitize the rental recovery equipment (especially the face pieces!).

Not all materials are resistant to seepage from saliva, mucus, nasal fluid, blood and other fluids.

The last thing you need to be concerned about is an infection or transmission of a virus during your recovery. There may be companies that maintain top tier sanitation and hygiene efforts when it comes to their rental recovery packages, but just be sure to do your due diligence!

Our team at Z Medical designed our Deluxe Recovery System and Inflatable Recovery System with infection control and sanitation as a top priority.

At Z Medical, our affordable Vitrectomy Recovery Systems are sold brand new, never used, with sanitation as a top priority.

Enjoy peace of mind knowing your face down recovery system is hygienic and was never used by anyone before you.


The recovery process and time it takes to heal correctly may be different for each patient. We recommend following your surgeons specific instructions.

Rental recovery packages are often priced on per week or per day basis. This certainly benefits those who may only need to remain face down for a limited time. But if you are required to lay face down for more than 7 to 10 days, renting equipment can get expensive... quick.

Rentals also need to be returned...(worth finding out if they pay for your return shipping!) and in most cases you may be liable for any damages to the rental equipment that accidentally occur during your recovery.

At Z Medical, our affordable Vitrectomy Recovery Systems are sold brand new, never used, with sanitation as a top priority. Investing in a brand new recovery system, knowing you'll have it for as long as you need it, and having confidence that you're paying the full cost of the recovery system up front... is priceless.

Investing in the right recovery system for you is a small price to pay for ensuring your recovery process from eye surgery is as comfortable and accommodating as possible.

Quick Recap:

Ultimately, each patient's recovery may be different. It's always worth discussing with your surgeon whether or not you'll need to lay face down post-op, and if so, an estimated timeframe of how long you'll need to lay face down.

Once you have a better picture of what your recovery will be like, take some time to research whether renting a vitrectomy recovery system or buying one will make the most sense for your personal situation.

To learn more about our affordable Vitrectomy Recovery Systems that promote full body alignment, click the button below:


DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended to be a reference based on research and information compiled by Z Medical. We encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified healthcare professional.


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