What is Lymphedema Pump ?
Lymphedema pumps are primarily used to treat swelling caused by venous or lymphatic problems, such as venous stasis ulcers and chronic lymphedema. These pumps have a significantly longer cycle time (two to three minutes or more), as well as a longer inflation cycle. The long cycle time is used to help fluid to recirculation and/or eliminate from the interstitial areas into the venous or lymphatic system.
A lymphedema pump is a sequentially gradient-pressurized, pneumatic pressure device. A lymphedema pump is a device that mimics the physiological and anatomical principles of the lymphatic system. The lymphedema pump has been shown to reduce limb volume and improve lymphatic function. The pressure of the pumps depends on the condition of the patient, the objective of treatment and the patient's response. The full leg sleeve has the appearance and fit of a boot that extends to the groin fold, and the full arm sleeve covers the hand and extends to the armpit region. There are also half leg and half arm garments.
What are the benefits of Lymphedema Pump ?
- The majority of lymphedema pumps are lightweight, portable, simple to use, and inexpensive.
- They are designed for use in a hospital or at home. Having a lymphedema pump in your home means that you can receive treatment 24 hours a day.
- The majority of them can be used unilaterally (on one limb) or bilaterally (on both limbs).
- A lymphedema pump is the most effective way to reduce swelling and slow the progression of the disease in the early stages.