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Compression Pumps/Lymhedema pumps complete system - standard sleeves Provides intermittent, single-chambered compression to manage and reduce peripheral edema. Compact, lightweight and portable, designed for home use. This product is designed to aid in the reduction and control of peripheral edema, including congenital lymphedema of the lower extremities and postmastectomy lymphedema, stasis dermatitis and venous stasis ulcers.(insurance covered item)
Compression Sleeves Provides intermittent, single-chambered compression to manage and reduce peripheral edema. Compact, lightweight and portable, designed for home use. This product is designed to aid in the reduction and control of peripheral edema, including congenital lymphedema of the lower extremities and postmastectomy lymphedema, stasis dermatitis and venous stasis ulcers. (insurance covered item)
What is an external compression pump (EPC)?
Lymphedema is a condition in which lymph fluid fails to circulate properly, which results in swelling and reduced movement in the arms or legs. It may also result in infection and skin breakdown. Lymphedema can be caused by damaged lymphatics, missing vessels, and by poor venous circulation. Although there is no cure for lymphedema, the symptoms can be managed by elevating the legs, applying compression hosiery and the use of compression pumps.
There are several benefits to compression therapy including:
Medicare and major insurance carriers recognize products as safe and effective treatment of:
Primary and secondary Lymphedema
Post Mastectomy/post lumpectomy/post radiation lyphedema
Venous stasis ulcers
Prevention of thrombosis
External compression pumps are medical devices that help stimulate blood and fluid movement. They come in a variety of sizes and with several different features.
DVT stands for Deep Vein Thrombosis. It is a condition in which there is a blockage in a deep vein, caused by long durations of little or no body movement. Symptoms may vary, although some experience no symptoms at all. DVT can be dangerous since these blockages can travel to the lungs and a life threatening pulmonary emboli.
Compression pumps are often used for patients who suffer from venous stasis ulcers, lymphedema (swelling of the extremities) and also the treatment of blood clots, also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Compression pumps are either used for acute care (in the hospital, temporary) or chronic care (long term, often at home or an extended care facility). These pumps are designed to treat either venous insufficiency, lymphedema or the treatment of DVTs, and differ in the cycle time of the squeeze. Both augment blood and lymphatic flow. Note: Lymphedema and DVT pumps are not interchangeable, meaning a lymphedema pump should not be used to treat DVT and vice versa.
Acute care DVT pumps are primarily used in the acute hospital setting for the treatment of blood clots. The pump mimics regular walking-like activities by altering leg compression. The standard DVT pump has a cycle time of 12 seconds of inflation and 48 seconds of deflation. The cycle timing provides effective movement of venous blood out of the limb, while allowing adequate time for venous refill prior to the next inflation cycle. The recommended pressure setting is 40 mmHg. The garments extend from the ankle to below the knee or from the ankle to the upper thigh.
Chronic care compression pumps are primarily used to treat swelling due to venous or lymphatic problems, like venous stasis ulcers and intractable lymphedema. This pump has a much longer cycle time (two to three minutes or greater), with a longer inflation cycle. The longer cycle time is used to assist in the movement of fluid from the interstitial spaces into the venous or lymphatic system for re-circulation and/or elimination. The full leg garment looks and fits like a boot that extends to the groin fold, and the full arm sleeve covers the hand and extends to the axillary (arm pit) region. There are also half leg garments and half arm garments. The pumps' pressure varies depending on the patient's condition, the goal of the therapy, and the patient's response to treatment.
If a compression pump is used to alleviate symptoms of lymphedema or DVT treatment, care must be taken that infection or metastic disease is not present. In the case of pulmonary edema or phlebitis, extreme caution must be exercised. People with the following conditions should not use an external compression pump:
Please consult your physician to discuss any change in symptoms or treatment before any new therapy is attempted.
Consult your insurance plan representative or call us today to find out if you qualify.
Compression sleeves given at the hospital are designed for DVT treatment, not Lymphedema. Also, sleeves are specialized to that particular pump. It is not recommended that patients use sleeves other than the ones authorized by the manufacturer.
How will I know what size of DVT compression pump garments or Lymphedema compression pump garments to order?
Garment Measurement Guidelines:
The following is not a comprehensive list and your treatment may differ from the one listed below. Check with your physician to see what treatment plan is best for you.
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