@Matheou & @Pcrowe -
The typical things you’ll need post op are a wedge pillow (I bought mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond $25) & put extra bed pillows on it to increase the slope to close to 30º suggested by my ES surgeon, but there are better/more expensive ones on Amazon - for example: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZP6SJDQ/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&ref=ppx_pop_mob_b_asin_title&th=1
or this one from MedCline: GERD Pillow: Acid Reflux Relief for Side Sleepers | MedCline
Costco in my area is also selling a memory foam wedge pillow at the moment for about $40.
I highly recommend buying 2-3 gel ice packs so a couple can be freezing while one is being used. They come in different sizes so a smaller size is better than large. You want it big enough to wrap around the curve of your neck so it stays in place. I bought mine at CVS & Walgreens.
I preferred the top one as it was more streamline. Icing for 15-20 min on with a thin washcloth or dishtowel between the ice & skin & waiting at least 45 min before icing again is ideal. In rare cases, ice didn’t work as well for a few members so they used heat. There is some trial & error in finding what’s most helpful w/ pain relief.
You won’t need to rent a lift chair because you’ll be mobile & able to get up & down from a regular chair, recliner, couch, bed, etc., once you’re home from surgery. The first day you’ll be loopy/sleepy from anesthesia, & possibly from pain meds for a few days, but it’s not so bad you can’t walk around the house & even do some light food prep.
Other things to have ready are soft foods for the first few days to a week. We have often noticed that the jaw is stiff/jaw joint on operated side is sore post op & swallowing can be a bit challenging due to a sore throat. Things like yogurt, smoothies (make sure to add some protein powder if you make these at home to add some staying power), soups (if they contain meat/veggies run them through a blender before consuming), mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, fruit sauces, hot cereal, etc. Some people have commented that sucking on popsicles was very helpful w/ the throat pain.
Rx pain meds are often very constipating so have a stool softener & laxative handy at home & start taking them daily as long as you’re taking Rx pain meds. I preferred to use CALM - magnesium citrate powder - because I could titrate it to the strength that worked best for me & not be subject to a pre-measured amount of medication in a pill/capsule.
I highly recommend staying very hydrated (60-70 oz of fluid/day - preferably low sugar) as this will help your body heal faster, & if you end up w/ First Bite Syndrome it helps reduce the pain a bit.
I expect others will add things that helped them.