In-Home Compression Pumps

Reduce limb swelling and improve circulation.

Hannah Heit spent more than 40 years as a registered nurse, first in pediatrics and later in quality assurance, reviewing several departments. The Kentucky native lived most of her adult life in Michigan, and it was from there she relocated to Florida and retirement. All those years on her feet as a nurse, however, had a profound effect on her legs.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

Hannah enjoys doing puzzles after therapy.

“A few years ago, my legs started swelling, and they were uncomfortable,” she shares. “I didn’t really have any pain, but I couldn’t wear shoes because my feet were as big as my legs. My legs were also discolored from the ankle to about mid calf. They were a kind of bluish-red color.”
Initially, Hannah was told she had venous insufficiency, a condition in which the veins in the legs are unable to do their job of pumping blood back to the heart. Blood leaks and pools in the legs, causing symptoms such as swelling and discoloration. Subsequently, Hannah underwent vein surgery to treat her insufficiency she reports.
“I was told to put my legs up at night, but I couldn’t always do that,” Hannah adds. “I was also supposed to wear these special compression hose, but I couldn’t wear them because it was too much trouble getting them on and off.”
The swelling and discomfort in Hannah’s legs continued after surgery, so she eventually sought the advice of her primary care provider.
“The nurse practitioner I saw in my internist’s office looked at my legs and said, You have lymphedema, excess fluid in your lymph vessels,” notes Hannah. “I’m not sure, but it may have been caused by the venous insufficiency. The nurse thought I would benefit from a compression pump. She called the company that provides them and got me all set up.”
The company the nurse practitioner contacted was Acute Wound Care, a fully accredited home medical equipment provider specializing in hospital-grade compression devices and specialty wound-care dressings. The compression pumps are prescription devices and are approved by Medicare and covered by many commercial insurers.
“Our easy-to-use compression pumps remove fluid that has accumulated in the legs or arms,” describes Alyssa Parker, certified compression therapist with Acute Wound Care. “The pump’s limb-sized sleeves gently massage the limb, draining any excess fluid back into the body’s circulatory system so it can be naturally eliminated. Compression pumps increase circulation in the affected limbs while alleviating many painful symptoms.
“The pumps are both highly effective and noninvasive, and for the legs, they are much easier to use than compression stockings. Patients generally use the pumps twice a day for forty-five minutes, with an interval of at least two hours between treatments, so it is usually done in the morning and in the evening. While using the pumps, patients simply sit back with their limbs raised to further assist with circulation.”
Once Acute Wound Care received Hannah’s prescription, a compression therapist contacted her to review the next step and answer any questions. After that, the therapist delivered the device, set it up and explained to Hannah how to use and care for it.

Healthy Discovery

The nurse practitioner who diagnosed Hannah’s lymphedema works in the office of board-certified internist Fariborz Delbakhsh, MD. Dr. Delbakhsh treats a full range of medical conditions at his practice, Delcare, with lymphedema, persistent leg edema and venous disease among the most common.

Photo by Michelle Brooks.

Dr. Delbakhsh uses the compression pumps in combination with his medical care.

“For patients with these disorders, I generally recommend compression stockings, optimize their water and electrolyte balance, and prescribe diuretics,” elaborates Dr. Delbakhsh. “Many times, I noticed their swelling did not get better, and it was frustrating. Then, I found out about Acute Wound Care and the compression pumps they offer.
“I noticed that after using these pumps, my patients had significant improvement in terms of diminished fluid retention in their legs. The swelling improved, as did the venous blood flow, wound healing, pain and overall mobility.”

Circulation Support

Alyssa agrees that patients with lymphedema, venous disease and other conditions leading to poor circulation once had few options beyond the standard therapies for limb swelling. That’s a treatment hole Acute Wound Care’s compression pumps fill. The safe and painless pumps not only reduce fluid retention in the limbs, they also improve overall blood flow.
“The pumps assist circulation by contracting the leg muscles, assisting blood flow back toward the heart,” explains Alyssa. “There, the blood is collected, sent to the lungs to be oxygenated and then returned to the body’s organs and tissues.

“The compression pumps are great, safe, noninvasive devices I use to supplement the medical treatment of my patients.” – Dr. Delbakhsh

“To aid blood flow, the pumps have multiple chambers. Each chamber fills up with air, from the foot to the groin. Then, each chamber releases, and the pattern repeats in a rhythmic fashion.
“In addition to the circulation boost, many patients will see a noticeable difference in the swelling and in the size of their limbs after their first forty-five-minute pumping session.”
Acute Wound Care is proud of its hands-on approach to patient care. Not only does a compression therapist go to patients’ homes to set up the equipment and instruct them on how to use it, they also adjust the pump’s pressure level to the patients’ comfort.

Compression Pump photo courtesy of Acute Wound Care.

The pumps are noninvasive and highly effective

“When we are in the patient’s home, we set the pressure based on the severity of the condition and the physician’s prescription,” states Alyssa. “We then adjust it so the patients are comfortable and will actually meet the requirements of the treatment, so they get great results.”

Doubly Endorsed

Hannah has been using her compression device from Acute Wound Care for more than a year now. She says she is pleased with the results she’s getting from it. She’d like to use it more often than she does, but she’s established a treatment schedule with her doctor that works well for her.
“The usual treatment with the compression pump is twice a day for forty-five minutes,” relates Hannah. “But I do it once a day for an hour. The limb sleeves feel fine when I have them on, and then my legs are nice and small when I take them off. The swelling goes down significantly.”
In addition to reducing the swelling, the compression pump treatments have also relieved much of Hannah’s leg discomfort and have enabled her to wear shoes again. The discoloration, which is related to her venous insufficiency, remains and may take years to fade, if it does at all. However, the circulation in her leg veins has improved with treatment, aiding her venous insufficiency.

The pumps are noninvasive and highly effective.

“I’ll continue using the compression pump,” she comments, “and I recommend it to others with conditions like mine. I recommend Acute Wound Care, too. I had no problems with any part of their process.”
Dr. Delbakhsh adds that he’s been recommending Acute Wound Care’s compression pumps to his patients for more than a year and has been getting great results.
“I encourage my patients to use the pumps to reduce limb swelling and improve circulation,” he confirms. “The compression pumps are great, safe, noninvasive devices I use to supplement the medical treatment of my patients.

“The limb sleeves feel fine when I have them on, and then my legs are nice and small when I take them off.” – Hannah

“I have received feedback from my patients, and they agree the devices and the outcomes are positive. Acute Wound Care does a great job of following up, so we are all very pleased with them and their product.”
The doctor says he is so satisfied with Acute Wound Care, he endorses them and their compression devices to physicians as well.
“I’m thrilled with Acute Wound Care and their pumps, and recommend other physicians try them, too,” the doctor states. “They help doctors improve their quality of care and the quality of their patients’ lives.”

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