How To Use a Lymphedema Pump

Lymphedema is a serious health complication that gives rise to a buildup of lymph fluid in body tissue, often in the extremities. Damage to the lymphatic system is the cause of lymphedema, and this damage can be incurred from a variety of different conditions. While lymphedema has no cure, it must be treated with regular therapy to prevent severe infection and pain and avoid losing mobility. By treating lymphedema with the help of a lymphedema pump, patients may manage their symptoms, reduce the risk of infection, and improve their quality of life.

If you are considering renting or purchasing a lymphedema pump or have already acquired one, read on for a guide to its proper usage.

What is a Lymphedema Pump?

Lymphedema pumps, also known as pneumatic lymphedema pumps or intermittent pneumatic compression pumps, are electrically powered mechanical compression devices that work by manually moving lymph fluid up and away from the extremities and back towards the rest of the body, where it can be circulated. Lymphedema pumps utilize the same physiological and anatomical principles of the lymphatic system, reducing swelling and stimulating lymph flow.

How Does a Lymphedema Pump Work?

Lymphedema pumps work in tandem with a padded, inflatable sleeve. These sleeves come in vests and stockings to fit the affected limb. The sleeve is placed over the limb and attached to an external pneumatic pump that applies intermittent pressure to the affected area, sequentially inflating from the extremity toward your body's core. This process is proven to decrease limb volume and improve lymphatic function. Most lymphedema pumps are designed to work at home, the hospital, or wherever you need them due to their portable, lightweight design.

What are the Components of a Lymphedema Pump?

A functional lymphedema pump has two components. The first is an electrically powered compression device that controls the sequential compression functionality, duration, and compression strength. The second is a sleeve that matches the corresponding compression device. Most sleeves can only work with certain compression devices, so select these two components carefully to ensure they function correctly.

Matching Compression Sleeve with a Lymphedema Pump

The best way to ensure that the compression sleeve and lymphedema pump are compatible is to pay particular attention to the manufacturer’s information on the medcom website. Begin by selecting the best sleeve for the limb you would like treated.

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Next, scroll down to the product details, and pay attention to where it outlines the compatible compression devices.

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You can also use the sizing chart at the bottom of each garment's product page to ensure the sleeve will fit your limb.

How to Use a Lymphedema Pump

Using a lymphedema pump system is simple, but it should always be used according to advice from your doctor or healthcare provider. Begin by plugging the machine into an electrical outlet and attaching the sleeve to the compression machine. Next, find a comfortable position and put the sleeve on the affected limb. Finally, turn on the device and adjust the settings accordingly to calibrate the pressure to your comfort.

Some compression machines have a built-in timer that allows them to run continuously for one hour before shutting off, but every machine may operate differently.

When Not to Use a Lymphedema Pump

There are certain situations where a patient should not use a lymphedema pump. Do not use a lymphedema pump if:

  • You have an infection
  • Your limb is inflamed
  • You have any pain when you use it
  • You have an open wound

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This resource post may discuss matters related to lymphedema pumps, but it should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. It's crucial to consult with your healthcare provider or a qualified medical professional before starting any new therapies, including lymphedema pumps, or making any changes to your current healthcare regimen.

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