Has your doctor recommended that you use a sequential compression device? These special lymphedema pumps help reduce blood pooling, clots, and fluid buildup in people who can’t move for long periods of time.
How Does This Device Work?
First, a disposable sleeve is placed around your leg. The sleeves look a bit like leg warmers, and stretch from your ankles to your knees or the tops of your legs. After you put on the sleeves, an air pump, connected to the sleeve, pushes air into the sleeve at various intervals. This creates a squeezing sensation of pressure and helps the blood in the veins circulate and flow better. There are both home and hospital-grade versions of these devices.
The more chambers a device has, the better it can help blood and fluid in the legs circulate. A hospital-grade sequential compression device may have up to 10 chambers.
Another name for these lymphedema products is intermittent pneumatic compression system.
Who Needs This Device?
People undergoing hip replacement or other surgery or with obesity, blood clotting conditions, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or swelling in the arms and legs, called lymphedema, may be prescribed these devices. Research studies have also investigated the use of sequential compression devices for relieving restless legs syndrome. This common problem is the second most common sleep disorder and causes uncomfortable or painful sensations in the arms or legs.
How Much Does a Sequential Compression Device Cost?
Cost of these lymphedema pumps often depends on how many chambers they have. More chambers are more expensive, but also generally more effective. Your insurance company may cover the cost. If you are purchasing yourself, there are a variety of options. Here are a few choices for sale online:
- Powerpress Sequential Compression Unit and Sleeves ($409)
- Air Sequential Compression Leg Massager – Full Leg Complete Set ($379)
- Powerpress Gradient Arterial Compression System ($599)
Using a Pump
- Most of the sleeves you order for use with the pumps are machine washable.
- You can order sleeves in a variety of sizes to accommodate your needs.
- You may need a prescription for more powerful lymphedema pumps; usually you obtain this from your doctor’s office and then fax it when you order your item.
- You shouldn’t use these lymphedema pumps if you have an active blood clot.
- You shouldn’t use these if you have congestive heart failure.
- If your arm or leg or foot is very sensitive to pain, don’t use a lymphedema sleeve on it.
Check with your doctor before using any type of sequential compression device.
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