Dr. Jurek is a board-certified
orthopaedic surgeon specializing
in shoulder surgery as well as
sports medicine. She has
focused fellowship training in
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Ice can help reduce pain and diminish swelling after surgery. Patients have the option of using bags of crushed ice, ice packs or wraps, bags of frozen peas, or an ice machine. Ice applied to the injured area will cause that area to go from feeling cold, to burning, then to aching, and then finally feeling numb.
WARNING! Ice applied directly to the skin can cause burns, tissue injury and damage. To avoid this, follow these steps:
Many patients prefer a continuous cold delivery option that is generally quite effective. Devices go by various names such as cold therapy machine, ice machine, and cryo-cuff.. These devices work by recirculating ice and cold water to achieve consistent cold temperatures and are very helpful in terms of controlling pain and reducing swelling after orthopaedic surgeries.
We sell the DonJoy IceMan Clear3 and associated universal cold pad at cost in our clinic for $150. Before purchasing one, ask your family members and friends if they have a unit to borrow. If they do, make sure that it works properly (no leaks, working motor, etc.) prior to your surgery. Ensure that the device is clean and in good condition; if it is not, we recommend purchasing a new one to avoid applying a dirty cuff to a surgical site. Click here for instructions and trouble-shooting tips for the IceMan.
Click above to watch an instructional video about the IceMan
Look online for additional cold-therapy options available for purchase.
Please note: Medicare and other insurance companies will not pay for these devices; the patient is personally responsible for full payment
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