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Why Cold Therapy?

What is cold therapy?

  • Cold therapy or “cryotherapy" is used after surgery and to treat acute injuries of your muscles and bones.

 

What are the benefits of cold therapy?

  • Decrease pain
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Decrease circulation
  • Decrease muscle spasms
  • Decrease swelling
  • Improve comfort

 

What are the types of cold therapy?

  • Cold therapy can include traditional bags of ice/ice packs, gel packs, cold water and cold therapy systems, such as Breg Polar Care.
  • Cold therapy systems use advanced technology to provide deep, consistent cooling to injured areas.

 

What are the benefits of cold therapy?

  • Consistent temperature
  • Deeper cold
  • Longer lasting cold
  • Better/skin/joint coverage
  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery

 

Do I need to purchase a cold therapy system?

  • No. You can use other modes of cold therapy such as bags of ice after surgery.

 

Do I need to purchase the unit through MGH?

  • No, you can purchase the Breg Kodiak cold therapy system from other retailers, such as the Breg company and Surgi-care.  MGH offers this product for purchase as a convenience to our patients.
  • If you do purchase a cold therapy unit elsewhere, you will not be able to use it at the ASC on the day of surgery. Patients cannot bring in equipment from the outside, due to infection and regulatory concerns,

 

Can I purchase a different cold therapy system?

  • Yes, you can purchase a different type of cold therapy system; however, our staff are only trained to fit and provide education on the Breg Kodiak system. Because our staff are not trained to use other cold therapy systems, you will not be able to use it at the ASC on the day of surgery (except for Game Ready units as prescribed by your doctor).

 

Can I purchase a used cold therapy system?

  • This is not recommended due to the potential for an increased risk of infection.   If you choose to purchase a used cold therapy system, you will not be able to use it as the ASC on the day of surgery.