Treating Venous Disease and Lymphedema

Compression pumps receive physician’s stamp of approval.

Warren Swee, MD, of Palm Vascular Center of Delray Beach, is a nationally recognized leader in minimally invasive procedures to treat blocked arteries of the legs, known as peripheral artery disease, or PAD. He also treats many patients with venous disease and lymphedema of the legs, which often leads to leg swelling.

“A large portion of my patients have swelling and pain in their legs, which can be very debilitating,” Dr. Swee states. “Initially, we recommend patients elevate their legs and wear compression stockings. However, some patients don’t respond to that treatment. This population does especially well with compression pumps.

“Patients with lymphedema definitely do well with the pumps,” he adds. “Lymphedema is a persistent swelling that can occur in the legs due to an abnormality in the lymphatics. Those are small channels that drain fluid out of the tissues. If there’s a problem with the lymphatics, fluid can build up in the legs, which causes the swelling and discomfort.”

Leaking leg veins from venous disease can also cause the legs to swell. Patients with lymphedema and venous disease are excellent candidates for the hospital-grade compression pumps available from Acute Wound Care, an in-home, quality-accredited supply company. Acute Wound Care also provides specialty wound care dressings.

Rhythmic Movement

“Our compression pumps mimic the body’s lymphatic system and promote lymphatic flow by moving fluid through the body in the proper direction,” describes Tom Snyder, a certified compression therapist with Acute Wound Care.

“The pumps reduce pain and swelling and are an excellent treatment for people who’ve tried elevation, diuretics, massage therapy and compression stockings but have gotten little to no relief from those approaches.”

Compression pumps increase circulation in the arms and legs while alleviating many painful symptoms and are both highly effective and noninvasive. For the legs, they are much easier to use than compression stockings.

To begin treatment with the compression pumps, patients wear sleeves on their legs or arms. The sleeves have multiple chambers, and each chamber fills up with air, from the foot to the groin or hand to the shoulder. Then, each chamber releases, and the pattern repeats in a sequential motion.

“I’m very happy with Acute Wound Care’s compression pumps. They’re making a big difference in our patient population at Palm Vascular Center of Delray Beach.” – Dr. Swee

“In addition to the circulation boost, this rhythmic movement permits fluid to flow properly through the body,” Tom observes. “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.

“Patients generally use the pumps daily 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 for the legs, patients simply sit back with their limbs raised to assist with circulation.”

“Nothing but Positive”

After evaluating his patients with leg swelling, Dr. Swee often refers them for compression pumps from Acute Wound Care. The doctor is pleased with the efforts of the in-home supply company, and with the results he’s seeing in his patients using their products.

“Acute Wound Care has been excellent and very accommodating in terms of working closely with physicians so that we understand how the pumps work best for our patients,” Dr. Swee says. “They also do a good job of reaching out to patients, setting up the devices in their homes and showing them how to use the pumps. I’ve received nothing but positive comments about the compression pumps from my patients.

“More than ninety percent report they have significant improvement in their leg swelling as well as a dramatic decrease in leg discomfort and heaviness. I’m very happy with Acute Wound Care’s compression pumps. They’re making a big difference in our patient population at Palm Vascular Center of Delray Beach.”

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