In general, an IPOP can:
Control swelling – By applying gentle pressure to a patient’s residual limb, an IPOP can minimize swelling. This helps the healing process and shapes the limb, making the eventual custom-made prosthesis easier to fit.
Reduce pain – By controlling swelling, pain is often reduced. Initial research also indicates that early IPOP use may reduce the occurrence and severity of phantom sensations.
Protect the wound site from trauma – The IPOP forms a protective shell around the limb. If a patient falls or rolls around in bed, the IPOP can help prevent additional injury to the wound.
Prevent joint contractures and loss of muscle strength – By allowing amputees to stand and to gradually begin using their legs, an IPOP can prevent or reduce stiffness and weakness.
Speed up the adjustment period – Earlier use of a IPOP often results in a faster transition to a temporary or definitive prosthesis as patients develop earlier tolerance to a permanent prosthetic.
Reduce the length of hospital stay – By enabling patients to be more functional, an IPOP can help them return to their homes or workplaces sooner, especially if wheelchair accessibility is a problem.
Provide psychological benefits – Patients learn early what it feels like to wear a prosthesis and can, thus, focus more on their rehabilitation than on their missing limb.