What can a simple ice pack do after surgery?

Emanuele Mortarotti in
24 January 2020

Today we’re going to talk about a very helpful ice pack use: did you know that it can give relief even after surgery?

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Welcome back to a new appointment with Dispotech news, your disposable excellence. Today we’re going to talk about a very helpful ice pack use: did you know that it can give relief even after surgery? This is what we learned after reading an article published on reuters.com, and we will go over the details in this article. Enjoy reading!


According to a U.S. study conducted by Dr. Viraj Master, urologist and lecturer at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, giving relief to patients who have undergone serious abdominal surgery using ice-packs is effective and finds great positive response in post-op. This data was gathered from the research carried out by the above mentioned doctor and his team, eager to show that, although it is impossible to avoid the administration of painkillers after a major surgery, ice can help - especially after the first 24 hours.


In order to complete the research, 55 patients requiring major surgery - such as the removal of pancreatic, colon, liver cancers and other types of surgery - were placed under observation, dividing them into two groups: 27 patients were going to be treated with an ice-pack application therapy and the remaining 28 were not. The “group” who benefited from the cryotherapy, kept ice on the wound for 24 hours, visually monitored by nurses; after the first 24 hours, each patient could decide whether to apply more ice or not.


The results were really surprising: all patients indicated the pain level from 1 (no pain) to 10 (very severe pain) to the doctors and it was found that, thanks to the ice, the pain levels of the "cryotherapy" group were lower than those in the group who did not use ice - it should be noted that the use of painkillers was also recorded during this period.


Some patients, also, continued to use the ice-packs after the first day of the complete cycle: 81% found them to provide great relief and 76% said they would continue to use them in the event of future surgery.


In short, ice once again proves to be an excellent pain relief ally, in this case also of significant importance such as post-op pain. What do you think about this article? Have you ever used ice as relief after surgery? Share your experience, contact us!

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