What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is the accumulation of lymphatic fluid that causes swelling in the arms and legs. Edema occurs when venous or lymphatic vessels or both are impaired. When the impairment is so great that the lymph fluid exceeds the lymphatic transport capacity, an abnormal amount of protein fluid collects in the tissues of the extremity.

Untreated, this stagnant, protein rich fluid not only causes tissue channels to increase in size and number, but also reduces oxy-gen through the transport system, interferes with wound healing, and provides a culture medium for bacteria that can result in various infections. A chronic inflammatory condition stemming from this accumulation of fluid eventually results in fibrosis (hardening) of the extremity tissues.

What Is Chronic Venous Insufficiency?

Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) is a common condition. The symptoms most frequently experienced with CVI are pain and heaviness. The pain is described as an aching throughout the leg. The condition is usually caused by abnormalities of the venous wall and valves that lead to obstruction or blockage of blood flow in the veins. Symptoms and signs of CVI include hyperpigmentation, stasis dermatitis, chronic edema and venous ulcers. Severe and persistent edema leads to secondary lymphedema and trapped fluid. The calf becomes permanently enlarged and hard, and ulcers occur more frequently and become more difficult to heal.

Pump Therapy for Lymphedema and Chronic Venous Insufficiency

The cornerstone of treatment for lymphedema and chronic venous insufficiency is external compression.

Pneumatic Compression Therapy is helpful for treating chronic venous stasis ulcers, especially in patients who lack good mobility and cannot walk around to activate the calf muscle pump.

Pneumatic Compression Therapy allows for the better nourishment and oxygenation of the tissues, and reduces swelling which will allow the borders of the chronic wound to close.

Wounds Heal Faster

Studies show healing rates of up to two times faster than traditional Wound Care when Pneumatic Compression Therapy is used as part of the

Indicated for primary and secondary lymphedema resulting from:

  • Post Mastectomy
  • Post Lumpectomy
  • Post Radiation Therapy
  • Post Pelvic Surgery Lymphedema
  • Post Groin Dissection Lymphedema
  • Congenital Lymphedema (Milroy's)
  • Venous Insufficiency
  • Venous Stasis Ulcers
  • Prevention of Thrombosis

Why Rainier Surgical?

Physicians have been referring patients to Rainier Surgical for over two decades. Our prompt and professional service is un-matched. Our years of experience providing quality medical services have helped us develop a deep understanding of the needs of physicians and their patients.

As a courtesy to our patients we offer:

  • In-home assessment & fitting
  • Accurate Insurance Billing
  • Full Technical Supports

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