Enhancing ACL recovery using the geko™ device

Enhancing ACL recovery using the geko™ device

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the two critical ligaments which stabilises the knee joint and plays a crucial role in enabling movement in the knee. For this reason, injury to the ACL is functionally debilitating and often requires surgical intervention to restore the knee to its previous state. In addition, approximately 400,000 ACL reconstructions occur every year in the United States, making it one of the most common orthopaedic surgeries with expectations of positive outcomes.

Complications during recovery

While surgery is the most common practice following ACL injury, it can come with complications. Post operation, patients will often experience swelling and, while this is a part of the natural healing process, it can cause pain and restrict movement. Swelling can also make physiotherapy challenging as patients are unable to perform exercises to the best of their ability, which has a negative impact on healing and recovery.

To overcome this issue and reduce swelling, patients can use cryotherapy, analgesic medication, or joint compression therapy. While these treatments can be effective, they can equally contribute to swelling as it limits blood flow back to the heart and fluid continues to build in the tissues. Therefore, there is currently an unmet need in ACL rehabilitation, where not all patients adhere to current treatment. Ultimately, this calls for a novel approach to supplement the current standard of care.

Role of the geko™ device

To enable patients to effectively recover from ACL surgery and help them resume their daily activities, the geko™ device can be applied to stimulate the common peroneal nerve to increase blood flow at a rate equal to 60% of walking. The effects of this go a long way, with one report revealing that increasing blood flow in the lower limb can prevent swelling during ACL rehabilitation. As a result, patients can move more freely and partake in physiotherapy to promote healing.

What’s more, the geko™ device is clinically proven. A randomised controlled trial (RCT) published by Wainwright et al compared the post-operative effect of the geko™ device to compression stockings in hip replacement patients, reporting superior prevention of oedema build-up in the geko™ arm – with all patients reporting the device as well tolerated.

Enhancing ACL rehabilitation

The role of reducing oedema in ACL recovery is crucial in improving patient outcomes. The key to this lies in increasing blood flow in the lower limb, where the geko™ device addresses an unmet need. Furthermore, studies have proven the device’s efficacy, demonstrating that the geko™ device is an effective medical intervention in both the hospital and home setting, for enhanced recovery.

Speak to us today to find out more about what the geko™ device can do for your ACL patients: https://www.skymedtech.com/contact/

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