Understanding Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a chronic lymphatic disease resulting in swelling of the legs, arms, or other areas of the body. Lymphedema is a chronic condition that can only be managed, not cured. Left unchecked, lymphedema can cause additional health complications, such as pain, immobility, skin infections and cellulitis, venous ulcers, tissue fibrosis, and more.
The lymphatic system is composed of tissues, vessels, and organs that transport lymph – a fluid containing white blood cells – throughout the body. The tonsils, adenoids, and spleen are part of the lymphatic system, as well as hundreds of lymph nodes in the body. The lymphatic system helps rid the body of harmful bacteria, waste, and toxins and is a critical part of the cardiovascular system. The disruption of the lymphatic system (lymphedema) can cause massive swelling (edema) in affected areas of the body because the lymph fluid cannot flow as intended. The fluid can pool in the body and cause swelling. When this occurs, treatment is needed to move the fluid in the correct physiological direction.
The Wavetec calf compression device uses advanced intermittent pneumatic compression to provide a comfortable, convenient, and effective way to self-manage lymphedema and non-healing venous leg ulcers. The device consists of an air pump device and associated calf wrap with various air chambers. The device delivers air to the chambers of the garment to produce targeted pressure in a specific timing sequence. This pressure squeezes the swollen limb and massages fluid in the correct direction, typically back towards the heart. The pressure, timing, length, frequency, and type of therapy delivered by sequential compression devices have been clinically validated.