Lymphedema is a chronic condition characterized by an abnormal collection of fluid just below the skin. This swelling can sometime be quite painful and may diminish the quality of everyday living for some.
That’s why we were pleased to see this recent study co-authored by two doctors, one from the University of Minnesota, and the other from Vanderbilt School of Nursing.
The study, published in JAMA Dermatology, found that patients with lymphedema saw an almost 80% reduction in their symptoms just by using a pneumatic compression device at home. Pneumatic compression devices, like our Circuflow ™ line of therapeutic pumps, use powerful compression to move the fluid in the extremities in the proper direction, reducing swelling and increasing movement. The study also found that the participants who used the pneumatic compression device led to a 37 percent reduction in healthcare costs.
“This could be a game-changer in the area of lymphedema care,” said Sheila Ridner, one of the study’s co-authors. “Up to 10 million people in the United States are living and often times suffering with symptoms of lymphedema. The idea that a home advanced pneumatic compression device can provide relief, decrease the number of cellulitis episodes and save money is an important new option for patients.”
Our customers have seen firsthand how our Circuflow ™ pumps have been able to reduce swelling and improve their quality of life. Alexa Ercolano, a friend of Devon Medical Products, and blogger said previously, “I can vouch for this myself, as I’ve been using a CircuFlow 5208 for about five or six months now with positive results,” Ercolano said on her blog, the Lymphie Life.
“In fact, at my most recent check-up with my lymphedema doctor last month, the volume of my swelling had decreased since the previous visit due to my daily use of the compression pump in tandem with my decongestive therapy (compression garment, manual lymph drainage, etc.).”
This type of progress makes Ercolano feel empowered. “The pump has given me a greater sense of control over my lymphedema and its management, not to mention it makes my leg feel physically better than it had before,” she wrote.
For more information on Lymphedema Awareness Month and Lymphedema Awareness Day on March 6, 2016, visit The National Lymphedema Network’s website at http://www.lymphnet.org.