Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Device has been utilized for over 30 years throughout the world. The most resent compression device technology utilizes a multi-chambered pneumatic sleeve with overlapping cells, to gently move the lymph fluid. There are several manufacturers of these devices. Until now, manual lymph drainage was the only option for patients with lymphedema in the torso, groin, extremities, abdomen, trunk, chest, and back. Designed in accordance with the principals of Manual Lymph Drainage, home care lymphedema treatment system are available today. These compression devices are recognized treatments and approved by Medicare and most insurance plans in the USA. Many patients may benefit from a device without ever going to MLD sessions, as they are very beneficial.
Compression garments are meant to be worn daily to maintain edema reduction and must be replaced on a regular basis. It is very important that the patient obtain a correct fit for their compression garments by getting a professional fitting. Some people will require custom-made compression garments and it is important that these garments fit correctly. An inaccurate measurement or a poorly manufactured garment could cause severe pain and discomfort. Even the most perfect compression garment has only limited durability, even if treated with utmost care. After approximately 6 months it wears out and loses its compression effectiveness. If the garment has been used consistently and the prescribed exercises and therapies have been performed on a regular basis, the swelling may be reduced to the point that a new stocking is required sooner-because the old one is too wide now.