Pneumatic Compression Pumps are a very important tool in treating Lymphedema. These devices administer intermittent compression via an inflatable garment– such as an arm sleeve/ pant leg or vest. Many patients experience a reduction of fluid and swelling after a session on a pneumatic compression device. This process enhances the benefits of MLD (Manual Lymph Drainage) and multi-layer compression bandaging.
During treatment, a patient will spend part of their visit on one of our Pneumatic Compression Devices. These devices are expensive and we aim to get one for home use for each patient who would benefit from having one. We work with the patient’s insurance on getting the machine covered by insurance. If a patient does take a pump home, their therapist will tailor the settings custom to the patient’s needs. The therapist will instruct the patient on how to set up and use their pump at home as well as guide them on the frequency and amount of time spent at each session.