Many people ask if it’s worth it to rent GameReady machines. I rented one for my first surgery and LOVED it, but it was $350 to rent for 2 weeks. When my second surgery came around I couldn’t justify the cost again. I wanted to have an ice machine, but didn’t want to pay an arm and a leg. So, I started searching online to see what other options were out there. The one thing that I liked about the GameReady was the compression feature. In my searching I found the Cothera VPulse Ice Machine. It is a dual featured ice machine with compression sleeve and the optional calf compression sleeves too.
I started watching a few on Ebay. I started bidding on a few and finally won a bid for on for $95. I had to buy the hip sleeve for $70. So for $165 I have an ice machine with compression.
At my 2 week pre-op appointment for my second surgery I found out that the Hospital provided an Donjoy Iceman as part of the surgery cost.
I’ve been using them both and it works very well. I use 8 oz water bottles to fill the Donjoy…it works better than having to continually fill it with ice.
All this to say that there are other options than the GameReady.