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Are lymphedema pumps effective?

Are lymphedema pumps effective?

Yes: The pumps are effective if used correctly. As soon as the session is completed the extremity should be compressed in a garment or a bandage. This should be continued on a daily basis. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

Lymphedema is a medical condition in which the tiny amount fluid and protein that normally seeps out of blood vessels as it flows by cells cannot be returned to the blood vessels due to abnormalities in the lymph system, or the collecting ducts ...Read more


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Are lymphedema pumps helpful?

Are lymphedema pumps helpful?

Yes: To a certain degree - people can develop genital edema if abdominal area not draining well. ...Read more

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What is a lymphedema pump?

Sequentialcompressio: Lymphedema pumps compress and relax air to facilitate fluid movement from periphery to center of body. ...Read more

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What are recommendations for a lymphedema pump for the legs?

pump recommendation: It is important to be sure that you truly have lymphedema, a diagnosis that is confusing for many doctors. Unfortunately, the choice of pump is dependent upon what insurance you have and of course how severe the condition is. A certified lymphedema therapist and physician trained in lymphedema should be involved in your care to confirm the diagnosis and get you the best treatment. ...Read more

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What should I expect to pay for a lymphedema pump for my leg?

What should I expect to pay for a lymphedema pump for my leg?

right diagnosis: Most importantly is to confirm that it is lymphedema, a diagnosis that is often confused with chronic venous disease. A certified lymphedema therapist and physician trained in lymphedema should confirm your diagnosis especially before you pay such a large sum. If you indeed have lymphedema, your insurance company will pay for the appropriate pump. ...Read more

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Please help docs! where can I get financial assistance to buy a lymphedema pump for my leg?

Not hard to do: You need to find a lymphedema specialist, someone who has completed a 145 hour training course and who is a certified lymphedema therapist (clt). They are trained to treat it, and also help you identify specific needs and also help you obtain them. This requires expertise so make sure they are certified and with experience. ...Read more

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Do you think arms sleeves for lymphedema are effective?

Do you think arms sleeves for lymphedema are effective?

Many, Many options: Lymphedema occurs whith compromise of the lymphatic circulation. Lymphatics carry things too thick to be safely carried in arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. It is propelled along by normal body movements blockage causes it to back up causing soft tissues/skin deformity. Sleeves are one part of many options including wraps, pumps, and massage. ...Read more

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How common is lymphedema?

Surprisingly common: According to lymphnotes.Com (http://www.Lymphnotes.Com/article.Php/id/401/), in the U.S., just within the medicare age population, the number of persons afflicted with lymphedema, or at risk of developing it, exceeds 6.8 million individuals. That would include all causes of lyphedema both primary (don't know the cause) and secondary ( due to cancer, radiation, surgery, etc.). ...Read more

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Who is at risk for lymphedema?

Who is at risk for lymphedema?

Surgery+/-Radiation: Anything that disrupts the lymphatic microcirculation of an extremity can cause lymphedema. The most common cause is the surgical removal of lymph nodes (ln) to stage certain cancers (breast and melanoma, most commonly). Breast cancer treatment often includes radiation therapy; if the lns are included in the radiation field, the risks increase. Thankfully, rates are down due to new techniques. ...Read more

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Lymphedema bandages alternative?

Lymphedema bandages alternative?

Compression Pump: There are a couple of compression pump systems that are in use today approved by the fda for lymphedema. All you need is an rx from your doctor to have a pump prescribed for you and the inflation bags fitted appropriately. ...Read more

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