Cold Therapy Machine Overview and Instructions:
Dr. Grossfeld has added a new video to her YouTube page. This video discusses the Polar Care Pump designed to reduce swelling and pain after surgery. In this video, Louisville orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stacie Grossfeld shows you everything you need to know to use the Polar Care Pump.
This motorized ice machine has four components including the cooler with the motor, tubing and pads, that all plug in to one power source. The machine has simple instructions located on the inside of the machine indicating the appropriate amounts of water and ice needed for operation.
Before using the Polar Care Pump, you may need help from another individual, depending on the post-op area location. The best part of this machine other than its portability is the fact that the water remains cold for up to 10 hours. This means that the Polar Care Pump can be used overnight or for prolonged periods of time.
This cold therapy machine can be used the night of your surgery and should be placed over your post-operative dressing. The padding fits perfectly over areas like your shoulder, elbow, arm or knee. The water circulating through this machine is cold enough to penetrate through outer layers if you place it over clothing or bandages. Once you have gained clearance to remove your post-op dressing, the pad then can be placed directly onto the surgical area.
Because the Polar Care Pump is not typically covered by insurance companies, you will need to discuss payment options during your pre-op visit with Dr. Grossfeld.