What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema refers to tissue swelling caused by the build-up of lymph fluid in the body. Lymph nodes act like a drain in your sink. If the drain is clogged, the fluid cannot drain. It usually happens in the arms or legs, but can also occur in the chest wall, abdomen/trunk, neck, and genitals.
Your lymphatic system is crucial to keeping your body healthy. It circulates lymph fluid throughout your body, collecting bacteria, viruses, and waste products. Your lymphatic system carries this fluid, as well as the harmful substances, through your lymph vessels and into your lymph nodes. The wastes are then filtered out and ultimately flushed from your body. Lymphedema occurs when your lymph vessels and nodes are unable to adequately drain the lymph fluid. Swelling in arms, legs, abdomen/trunk, chest, neck, and genitals can occur.
Lymphedema often occurs after breast cancer surgery. It can develop at any time, soon after surgery or 10+ years after. Compression pumps for Lymphedema are quite effective in treating this condition.
Lymphedema in the lower extremities can occur in one or both legs, and in the trunk/abdomen area. Many doctors or therapists prescribe elevation and compression stockings as an initial remedy. Compression stockings are quite difficult to get on and off, an agonizing experience for some. Elevation may be effective if you are able to be sedentary for long periods of time.
A compression pump can be used at home, is convenient, easy to use and treatment is available to you 24 hours a day. No more making appointments or wasting time driving to them. You can sit down, put the garments on easily and comfortably, and get treatment at any time. A compression pump is the best way to reduce the swelling during the initial phase of use as well as limit the progression of the disease moving forward. Lymphedema is not curable; however, it can be controlled by regular use of a compression device.
How does a person get lymphedema?
There are two types of Lymphedema
Primary Lymphedema is rare and often hereditary
Secondary Lymphedema is caused by outside factors described below.
Cancer– cancer cells block the lymphatic nodes and vessels and can cause lymphedema. Most common causes; breast cancer, melanoma, cervical or vulval cancer, and prostate cancer
Damage to Lymph Nodes and Lymph Vessels– Caused by surgery, trauma, radiation, burns, tumors, and accidental injury.
Venous Diseases– Cause certain Cardiac Conditions that affect blood flow and damage the venous system, which can result in Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI); CVI, Venous Stasis Ulcers, DVT (blood clots) and Varicose Veins are venous diseases that can lead to leg swelling and Lymphedema.
Infection/Cellulitis– Lymph nodes can be damaged by an infection (cellulitis) or by a parasite. Spider Bites can also cause an infection and lymphedema. Inflammation caused by Rheumatoid Arthritis and eczema may damage lymph nodes as well.
Immobility-due to stationary lifestyle, prolonged illness, lengthy plane/car trips and Paralysis
Obesity – Obesity is a major risk factor for developing secondary lymphedema.
Lymphedema is commonly caused by the removal of, or damage to, your lymph nodes as a result of one of the above conditions. Your lymphatic system is part of your immune system. It is important to keep it healthy. While there is presently no cure for lymphedema, it can be managed with early diagnosis, diligent care of your affected limb and a Pneumatic Compression Device.
Source: Mayo clinic.
Do compression pumps work for lymphedema?
Yes, compression pumps do work for lymphedema. A Compression Pump or Lymphedema Pump provides compression from the bottom of the limb to the top, which causes the excess fluid to be transported and eliminated from your body. It provides relief from pain and swelling and provides a healthier lifestyle for most people.
The lymphedema pump is proven to decrease the limb size and improve your lymphatic function. The device is intended for hospital or home use. It can accommodate a single or bilateral extremity use. When you have your own lymphedema pump, treatment is available to you 24 hours a day. No more making appointments or wasting time driving to them. You can sit down, put the garments on and get treatment at any time. A compression pump is the best way to reduce the swelling during the initial phase of use as well as limit the progression of the disease moving forward. Lymphedema is not curable; however, it can be controlled by regular use of a Compression Device. Call now!
Before & after photos of Lymphedema
All below photos were taken between 20-65 days after starting the use of a Compression Device
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The treatment of Lymphedema in the early stages can lead to a more productive and comfortable life with fewer complications. Lymphedema, undiagnosed or improperly treated, can cause many serious health problems: chronic pain and sensitivity, restricted mobility, venous stasis ulcers and infections, to name a few.