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GEKO HELPS PATIENTS
GET TO SURGERY FASTER
Every year up to 200 people undergo
ankle fracture surgery at the
Middlesbrough hospital. For some
this can mean spending up to a
week in a hospital bed waiting for
the swelling to reduce to a level on
which surgeons can operate.
But Medilink North West member
Sky Medical Technology’s geko™
device is being used to help reduce
the swelling to get people into the
operating theatre quicker.
Thanks to the device, as well as the
innovative thinking of The James
Cook University Hospital trauma
team, patients are getting to surgery
Orthopaedic surgeon Paul Baker said:
“This could be a game changer for
the treatment of swelling for ankle
fractures. As far as we are aware
this has never been used for ankle
The geko™ device, is self-adhesive
and clinically proven to increase
blood circulation for DVT prevention,
the reduction of oedema and the
promotion of wound healing.
Powered by OnPulse™, a
technology, the device creates small
electrical impulses to stimulate the
common peroneal nerve behind the
knee. Neuromuscular stimulation in
the lower limb emulates the process
normally achieved by walking but
without the patient having to move or
exert energy and without di scomfort.
Senior Sister Stacey Brown said it
was exciting to be the first to use the
device in this way: “Patients have
tolerated it really well and the results
have been remarkable.”
The collaboration with Sky Medical
Technology scooped a Medilink North
West Healthcare Business Award for
partnership working with the NHS.