I’m having a TKR in 2 weeks, should I buy a cryo cuff for rehab

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as above really, I’ve been reading threads about the operation and rehabilitation and it seems that quite a few have found a cryo cuff helpful in rehab. 4 weeks ago I had an arthroscopy on other knee and have iced it regularly with an ice pack and elastic cover, especially when I’d overdone excercise.

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    I would Simon. I have found it invaluable for both TKR recoveries.

    I was given mine by the hospital. Also a long shoe horn is worth its weight on gold.

    I also bought a two wine bottle coolers which open, with velcro at one end. I join them together and wrap around my knee, a a 'quickie'.

    Best of luck and you'll get great advice and support on this forum.

    Take care,

    Alan

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    Cryocuff was my life savior
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    I had DTKR this 1/4/18. The iceing  machines/cryocuff didn’t get cold enough for my liking. I used a home remedy for ice packs. 1 part isphoryl alcohol and 3 parts tap water. Put in double gallon zip lock freezer bags (to prevent leakage) then freeze. I made 4 bags. Two for top of and 2 for beneath the knees. The consistency of ice is slushy, easy to mold to knees and 0° cold. Be sure not to place directly on skin as it will frostbite. Reusable, portable and inexpensive was good enough for me and I still use them when my knees are hot or sore. Good luck.

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    Hi Simon, 

    I was also provided one by my hospital, so you might check with them before purchasing one. But yes!  They are so worth the money. It gives you relief that nothing else’s really provides. There are several brands. Mine is a Polar Pack. I know you can get them on Amazon. Some are smaller than others in terms of how much ice they hold. I believe the cryo cuff is a bit smaller.  I am now about 16 weeks out and still use mine. (I had a bit of a setback tho about 2 weeks ago tho). Good luck with your new knee!  In the end.... it’s worth it!

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    If by cryogenic you mean a refreezable ice pack then I’d say yes. Great when your knee is hot. Get a wide one though to cover your knee completely.
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      The cryucuf is a small cooler box that you fill with ice that has a wrap that is attached. Ice water is circulated thru the wrap on your knee. It lasts several hours at a time. Then you just empty the water, refill with ice and use again. Over and over. 
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      A cryocuff is a refillable cylindric coolbox type attached by a tube to a knee wrap, closed by velcro. It can be used over and over with the same water & ice typically for an evening.

      Most senior rugby teams have them for injuries, I saw one on TV on a rugby player recently. Check them on Amazon they are c available for elbows etc.

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    Cryo Cuff was a life saver for me!  Make sure you use it over thin clothes or a sleeve so it’s not in direct contact with skin. Worth every penny. 
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    Before my second op in December I excercised the knee in question using Gym (wide latex) bands, concentrating on getting my quads in good trim. I did this several times a day without putting any load on my knee. It proved very helpful. On the first morning post op I was able to swing my operated leg out of bed with no help and do the same getting back into bed. The nurse helping me get into and out of the bedside chair was astonished at the strength in my upper leg. Try it if you can.
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    Thanks to all for the replies, I’m going to google exercising quads with gym bands now
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    I did some research on the internet & then bought a Lumark Compression kit on Amazon UK for just £35 & a spare ice pack for £10 so that I have one ready to ice at all times. It's a fraction of the price of the Cryo cuff and had over 150 positive reviews. I am finding it marvellous! It relieves pain & reduces swelling. Well worth the money.

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      I have looked at that and may we’ll get it. I have a follow up on Monday with surgeon about my arthroscopy and do paperwork for tkr. Will find out if they offer a cryo cuff. Thanks for info
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