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Old 09-10-2009, 07:21 AM   #1
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does anyone know if Medicare covers any assistive devices?

Does anyone know if Medicare covers these assistive devices for Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD) surgery patients: wheelchair, knee scooter? My PTTD surgery will be in the next couple of weeks. Would you predict my foot will be too painful to be using the knee scooter in the early post-op days? Would a wheelchair with extendable footrests be a good idea? Thanks for any help.

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Old 09-12-2009, 12:27 PM   #2
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Re: does anyone know if Medicare covers any assistive devices?

yes, Medicare does cover some devices. Just ask your doc what you'll need any if he'll supply them or will you have to acquire them yourself. His office can also tell you what Medicare covers. I don't think it covers knee scooters so you should research where to rent one in your area.

Old 09-12-2009, 01:00 PM   #3
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Re: does anyone know if Medicare covers any assistive devices?

Thanks, r2larson. I'll check with the office. I'm very interested in the knee scooter, but reading other posts I have the feeling it wouldn't be so good for the first weeks if the foot has to be higher than the heart.

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