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    My wife has heard that it would be helpful to have a recliner to sllep in after I have open heart surgery to replace my Aorta valve. If this is so, we need to buy one. I won't be using it except for this purpose, and was wondering if anyone would like to recommend a particular model?
    "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls".


  • #2
    I wish I'd known about the recliner suggestion after my surgery. Many of our members find it helpful to sleep in them for at least the first several days at home. I had about 6 pillows in bed propping me up afte my OHS.

    I don't know about models - but my suggestion would be that you get one with a mechanism that's easy to operate. You're not going to want to use any body force to recline the chair. I would also think that leather, or a fabric that's easy to slide on would be helpful too so that you can move in it easily.


    • #3
      It is not necessary to have one. I got by. I was not in my own home for the first month and got by without one, tho I bet it would have been easier than trying to get out of bed from a prone position (ouch!). But if you get one, try it out at the store to make sure you can pull the lever easily - or push the button. Mine, at home, were laz-y-boys and I think those are easiest - however, my bro has one and has trouble pulling/pushing the lever. If you buy one for use during recovery, you will fall in love with it and keep it forever. mY FURNIture store owner says these chairs are the most used piece of furniture in the house.
      My philosophy:
      No matter where you are, who you are with, what you are doing, enjoy every moment, every day. Blessins.........


      • #4
        I don't have personal knowledge of this but I do know a person who had valve replacement surgery and he said he slept well in a recliner post surgery - actually better than when we slept in bed.

        Kind of makes sense because I would imagine that laying flat could have the potential for much pain and pull on stitches/staples.


        • #5
          A recliner would have been great. I spent the first week or so at home sleeping on the family room sofa, semi-propped up with an assortment of pillows.
          When I eventually got back into bed I used a wedge pillow that some friends loaned to me for a month or so until I could manage to lay flat without pain.

          "It doesn't get easier, you just get faster" - Greg LeMond

          Mark U in Sarasota. FL
          Congenital Bicuspid Aortic Valve
          27mm St. Jude, 12-15-00


          • #6
            If you don't want to pay NEW prices, check the Want Ads in your local paper. I found a used one for $75 that was in good condition.

            You may still want to check the stores first to get a feel for the different types, features, and prices.

            For the first 2 or 3 weeks following surgery, your sternum MAY be able to move slightly which can be 'uncomfortable' at times. Sleeping on your side is often not comfortable until the sternum begins to heal and becomes more rigid.

            'AL Capshaw'


            • #7
              A Recliner for Sure

              My thoughtful family got me a recliner that was waiting for me when I came back from surgery, along with a new laptop and wireless Internet. I happily wallowed in all this pampering. :D The recliner was, well, if not exactly a life-saver then certainly a rest-saver. I could not lie down comfortably for weeks. With the recliner I could get at least a few hours of sleep off and on, with ice water nearby and my heart pillow snuggled against me.

              My grown son tested out particular varieties for me. I don't know that brand is particularly important, but trying them out would be helpful. They picked out one that spins around 360 degrees, and now my little granddaughter has the greatest time taking merry-go-rounds in it. :D

              Best wishes to you on your preparations.
              Medtronics Freestyle Aortic Root Heart Valve (Porcine)
              02/16/05 Inova Fairfax, Virginia (Dr. Speir)
              [url][/url] (senior fitness blog)


              • #8
                My parents got me a fancy new automatic La-Z-Boy recliner, and it was fabulous. It really helped those nights I wasn't comfortable laying down in bed. I highly recommend it!

                Endocarditis - November 2004
                Mitral Valve Repair - May 12, 2005
                Pericardiocentesis - June 16, 2005
                Pericardial Window Surgery - July 13, 2005
                Dr. Benjamin Sun
                Ross Heart Hospital in Columbus, Ohio


                • #9
                  We got a recliner for my husband before he has his surgery and he really liked having it. We aleady had one in the living room but it was too big to fit in the bedroom. He found a smaller one that fit nicely beside our bed, that way I could sleep on his side of the bed and have him close to me. It made us both feel better. I was there if he needed anything during the night. Another thing you may want to investigate is a heart hugger. It is a device you wear like a vest and it has two handles in the middle. You wear it 24/7 during the first weeks post op. When you cough, sneeze, get up or down etc. you squeeze the handles and it tightens up around you making it easier to do things. It is like having someone give you a hug to hold your inside together. He recieved his at the hospital but as we have learned, not many hospitals have them as they are relativly new. You can purchase them online at their website. If you want more information on the heart hugger from people on VR do a search for heart hugger. It's a great device.



                  • #10
                    We have a great recliner, and I used it during the day, but had no need for it at night. It's good for daytime inthat it keeps your head elevated, which may create less likelihood of fluids gathering in your lungs.

                    If you're sleeping prone in the hospital bed, you can probably sleep just fine in your own bed. Beware also of sweats, when sleeping, as some of us developed severe sweating (as in soaked), especially at night. If you have a leather recliner, you moght want to put a pad on it.

                    The Heart Hugger or Heart Pillows are also optional. Some people swear by them, others (such as myself) do fine without them.

                    Best wishes,
                    Bob H

                    "No Eternal Reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn..." Jim Morrison

                    [B] [URL=""] Click here to View the Glossary of VR Terms and Acronyms[/URL] [/B]

                    [B]I am not a Medical Professional.[/B] Aortic Valve Replacement (Medtronic Mosaic) on 4/6/04, at Robert Wood Johnson UH in New Brunswick, NJ. AVR again (St. Jude Biocor) on 08/25/09 at St. Michael's MC in Newark, NJ. Both performed by Dr. Tyrone Krause, a true Zen Master Mechanic in the world of valve replacement surgery.


                    • #11
                      heart hugger

                      Thank you Michelle for the website for Heart Huggers. I had heard it discussed many times here but going to the site finally gave me the "picture." Seems like a Good Thing! Barbara
                      post-radiation aortic stenosis - AVR 8/6/08 at Brigham and Womens in Boston


                      • #12
                        I loved my recliner for the few several days at home but did sleep in bed at night with a lot of pillows. Now, almost two years later, I still love my recliner .

                        Rheumatic Heart Disease
                        St.Judes Mitral Valve
                        Heart Port procedure
                        Dr. D.Glower, surgeon
                        Duke University Hosp. 8/25/03

                        John 1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.


                        • #13
                          The thing is having something to sit up in during the adjustment period ater coming home. I had a chair my mother had a recliner that was also a lift chair. Made things easy for a time. I even slept sitting up in the chair, was easier trying to get back in bed, which was hard to do. You get what you feel is good for your particular situation. One with the lift makes it easier gettin into the chair. It has a control panel. Good luck.


                          • #14
                            Glad you checked out the heart hugger. My husband has had two OHS, his first was when 16 and the second at 37. He had the heart hugger for the second one, which was last October and he said that his recovery and everthing was so much better this time. He credits a lot of it to the heart hugger. Yes you will survive without one but it will make things a lot easier. I know those who have had surgery without it don't have as much faith in how much better it make recovery but just ask someone who has used one. No reason to try and be tough and just suck it up if you can have something to make things less painful. It is definatly worth the money. You may also want to contact the hopspital your husband is having surgery at to see if they provide them or not before purchasing one.

                            If you have any more questions please feel free to email or PM me or my husband, his user name on here is twoboysdad.



                            • #15
                              The day I came home from my hospital stay, a friend brought over an older recliner for me to use. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I would have been absolutely miserable without it. My wife threw a sheet over it (so that we could wash it frequently) and I spent the vast majority of my first week in it. I continued to sleep in the recliner for a couple of weeks, actually. This particular model (sorry I don't know the brand, it was a cheapie) would recline to almost horizontal, so it made for a good transition back into the bed.