Dr. De SmetShould I use a heating pad or ice packs?
We prefer ice packs, although both are effective to relieve
pain. Both can be harmful in direct contact with the skin. It
can damage the skin and even cause a severe burn. Never sleep
with a heating pad on your hip. Ice can be used several times a
day. Twenty minutes on, 20 minutes off, is the usual regime. In
the first postoperative weeks heat is not recommended.