Elective and fractured hip patients, particularly those with comorbidities and compromised vasculature, are at greater risk of post-operative complications such as oedema which can impair local tissue perfusion and surgical healing1.
Impaired calf muscle pump function, the result of immobility and venous insufficiency, can cause ineffective venous return, resulting in the build-up of post-operative edema which can impede oxygen delivery and surgical healing2.
The geko™ device, which enhances muscle pump function to increase blood flow3, decreases the pressure difference between capillaries and the surrounding tissue, and transferring tissue fluid back into the veins and lymph vessels4.
The results from a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT), comparing the effect of the geko™ device and TED stockings on post-operative edema in Total Hip Replacement patients, reports the geko™ is more effective than TED Stockings at preventing the build-up of post-operative edema5.
The geko™ device was worn post-operatively to discharge for 24 hours per day.