Lymphedema is a condition characterized by localized fluid retention and tissue swelling because of a blockage of the lymph vessels. The lymph vessels should drain fluid from tissues throughout the body and allow immune cells to travel where they are needed. Tissues with lymphedema are at risk of infection.
Extremity pump systems provide clinically proven and cost-effective mechanical compression therapy for lymphedema. All of our devices strike a balance between patient comfort and efficacy.
The National Institutes of Health shows that the most common reason for lymphatic obstruction is the removal or enlargement of the lymph nodes. Causes for this can include:
- Infections with parasites
- Radiation therapy
- Skin infections
- Mastectomy and removal of underarm lymph tissue for breast cancer
- Rare, congenital birth defects
Symptoms usually involve chronic swelling of the arm or leg, and sometimes wounds, ulcers, or skin conditions. The prescribing physician should perform a physical exam and inquire about the patient’s medical history, particularly with respect to contraindications for compression therapy: evidence of Congestive Heart Failure and suspicion of pre-existing Deep Vein Thrombosis. Specialized tests to determine the patient’s exact condition should be ordered. The prescriber will usually order either intermittent or sequential compression. We can assist you in selecting the best lymphedema pump to fill that prescription.
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