Post Operative Icing is a crucial part of your post-operative rehabilitation. Icing helps provide significant pain relief and swelling control, allowing a quicker and more effective recovery from surgery. Ice should be applied to your operated joint for 20 minute periods, several times per day in the early post-operative phase. Icing can continue for several weeks after your operation, particularly after physiotherapy sessions.
BodyICE is a unique product designed by Australian Olympic Gold Medallist Lydia Lassila. It is easy to use and a highly effective aid to post-operative recovery. Depending on the hospital at which your operation is performed, you may be given a BodyIce kit to take home and use post surgery. We will let you know if this applies to you before your operation. If you will not be provided with a kit, we recommend you considering obtaining the relevant BodyICE system prior to your surgery. We have organised for our patients to obtain BodyICE at 30% off the recommended retail price. Please type in the coupon code DRPETER on checkout at www.bodyice.com to obtain the discount.
HOW TO ICE
Fill the Body Ice Bag 2/3 full with cubes or crushed ice. Secure the cap on tightly. Place the lid of the ice bag through the center hole in the neoprene. Place the ice bag on the area to be treated and fix the neoprene wrap to a comfortable level of compression using the Velcro straps. Apply Body Ice for no longer than 20 minutes at a time, 4 to 8 times per day or as required. Do not place ice bag in the freezer.
The initial treatment for an injury at the acute stage is followed by the acronym RICE.
- R = Rest. Stay off the injured area.
- I = Ice. Apply cold therapy.
- C = Compression. Compress the injure area with Body Ice wrap.
- E = Elevation. Keep injury in a raised position.
Use Body Ice for soothing heat therapy to help relax tight or spasmed muscles and stimulate blood flow. Simply fill the bag 2/3 full with hot tap water, secure the lid tightly and apply as above. Heat should not be applied to acute injuries showing signs of swelling and inflammation. Do not use boiling water.
Care & Storage
Drain the water from ice bag and air dry before securing the lid. Clean the neoprene wrap by hand wash in warm soapy water and air dry.