Lymphedema Solutions for the Upper Body
Breast cancer survivors often face another challenge: swelling that doesn’t go away, also known as lymphedema.
Even as cancer treatment has evolved, many patients still go on to develop lymphedema. Radiation, lymph node removal and taxane-based chemotherapy, combined with patient risk factors, like obesity, result in lymphedema for up to 40% of breast cancer survivors.1
Lymphedema isn’t “just swelling.” A compromised lymphatic system can also lead to skin hardening and a compromised immune function that impacts not only daily activities, but psychosocial, economic and health outcomes.
As with any chronic, progressive condition, early intervention and practical tools for daily management create the best results.
Upper Body Lymphedema Treatment
Flexitouch Plus provides a comfortable, effective, at-home treatment designed to help lymphedema patients get back to their lives.
The Flexitouch Plus system is clinically proven to stimulate the lymphatic system. This advanced pneumatic compression device (lymphedema pump) gives patients a comfortable and convenient way to self-manage lymphedema.
Flexitouch Plus helps relieve arm, hand and upper body swelling caused by lymphedema with effective treatments that are:
Consistent: Unlike manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), effective treatment doesn’t depend on patient technique or ability. Repeatable results and high patient satisfaction encourage ongoing use and better outcomes.
Comfortable: Garments are made of soft, comfortable fabric while the dynamic pressure feels like a soothing massage.
Clinically Proven: Clinical evidence shows Flexitouch is proven to work better than self-MLD, basic pumps, or standard therapy with self-care alone.3
Convenient: Outcomes are driven by daily management; a great home tool makes all the difference.
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Empowering patients to self-manage their lymphedema from home for improved outcomes and a better quality of life.
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A simple and convenient solution to help patients reduce swelling and gain mobility and dexterity — often serving as a required first step for some insurance providers.
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3. Fife C, Davey S, Maus E, et al. A Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Two Types of Pneumatic Compression for Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema Treatment in the Home. Supportive Care Cancer. Dec;20(12):3279-86 2012.
4. Karaca-Mandic P, Hirsch AT, Rockson SG, et al. The Cutaneous, Net Clinical, and Health Economic Benefits of Advanced Pneumatic Compression Devices in Patients With Lymphedema. JAMA Dermatol. 2015;151(11):1187–1193
5. Muluk SC, Hirsch AT, Tafe EC. Pneumatic Compression Device Treatment of Lower Extremity Lymphedema Elicits Improved Limb Volume and Patient-Reported Outcomes. EJVES. 2013; Vol. 46(4): 480–487.
6. Adams, KE, Rasmussen JC, Darne C, et al. Direct Evidence of Lymphatic Function Improvement After Advanced Pneumatic Compression Device Treatment of Lymphedema.Biomedical Optics Express. 2010; Vol. 1(1): 114–125.
7. Blumberg S, Berland T, Rockman C, Mussa F, Brooks A, Cayne N, Maldonado T. Flexitouch – Pneumatic Compression Improves Quality of Life in Patients with Lower-Extremity Lymphedema. Annals of Vascular Surgery. 2015; Vol. 29(4): 628-629.
8. Lerman M, Gaebler J, Hoy S, Izhakoff J, Gullett L, Niecko T, Karaca-Mandic P, O’Donnel T, Rockson S. Flexitouch Advanced Pneumatic Compression Device Reduces Phlebolymphedema Healthcare Costs Compared to Other Treatment Modalities. Journal of Vascular Surgery. June 2018.