A feasibility randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a novel neuromuscular electro-stimulation device in preventing the formation of oedema and deep vein thrombosis following total hip replacement surgery
This study investigated whether the geko™ device is more efficient than compression stockings in preventing the formation of symptomatic/asymptomatic Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVTs), post total hip replacement surgery.
Primary Outcome Measures:
Presence of asymptomatic DVT assessed by Duplex Ultrasound
Presence of oedema
Secondary Outcome Measures:
- VAS Pain score
- Adverse event rate
BMI Harbour Hospital, Poole.
The results of this study suggest that the NMES is a safe and well tolerated alternative to compression stockings, which should be considered by clinicians seeking the additional benefit of reducing post-operative oedema. In addition the NMES device should be considered as part of a DVT prophylaxis. The full reports are published in Surgical Technology and Heliyon.
Clinicaltrial.gov link: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02307955?term=Firefly&rank=1