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Old 03-22-2005, 07:07 AM   #1
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Ice after surgery

Hello,

Question - I was reading previous post and someone mentioned using ice packs on their shins and ankles after surgery. I was looking into an "ice boot/shoe" but now I am wondering if you need to ice the foot, or the ankle & shin?

 
Old 03-22-2005, 07:39 AM   #2
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Re: Ice after surgery

The problem right after surgery is that you will probably be in some sort of large surgical bandage and putting ice on top of that won't make any difference because the cold can't get through. So icing just above the bandage cools the blood going down to the foot and thereby cools the foot.

 
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Old 03-22-2005, 08:14 AM   #3
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Re: Ice after surgery

Oh.. well, thank makes sense! Thanks for the input

 
Old 03-22-2005, 08:16 AM   #4
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Re: Ice after surgery

My OS had me put ice on my ankle even though I was in a post surgical cast. I had this boot thing that I put over my cast that was attached to a cooler and ice water ran thru it. Its made by aircast. It did make a difference. It took a long time for the cold to get through the cast, but it did. You could do the same thing with a few ice packs.

 
Old 03-22-2005, 08:48 AM   #5
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Re: Ice after surgery

I too used ice through the thick layers of padding, plaster and ace wraps after surgery. The lady told us it works best just to fill a generic style garbage back up with ice, I did actually feel it so that was nice.

 
Old 03-22-2005, 11:00 AM   #6
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Re: Ice after surgery

My post-op instructions are telling me to apply ice packs under my knee - never at the ankle level. Has anyone heard of this?? I have my surgery on Friday.

 
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Re: Ice after surgery

Frozen peas in a bag work too.......in a pinch.

 
Old 03-22-2005, 01:16 PM   #8
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Re: Ice after surgery

I was instructed to put ice under my knee to cool the blood going to the foot after surgery as welll. I do not know if it worked to reduce swelling, but I followed the instructions anyway. There were too many bandages to place ice directly on the site.

I use a bag of frozen peas too. They thaw and re-freeze easily. They do not drip water lie ice bags sometimes do. The bead-like shape of all the peas allows the bag to conform to the shape of the area where you place it.

 
Old 03-22-2005, 01:21 PM   #9
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Re: Ice after surgery

One website I looked at recommended placing the ankle on an ice pack - sometimes that was easier. The hospital gave me one that was cloth covered and had strings on it. I would tie it around my ankle. Good luck!

 
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