Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of lymphatic fluid that may cause swelling, usually in the limbs. Lymphedema may occur due to a malfunction in the lymph transport, either because there is an inherent inborn defect in the lymphatic system development (primary lymphedema), or because lymph vessels and nodes are damaged, removed or blocked (secondary lymphedema). Lymphatic fluid, rich in proteins, accumulates in spaces between the cells, causing an extremity to swell. It should not be mixed up with swelling due to venous insufficiency, because causes, mechanisms and outcomes are completely different.
What Causes Lymphedema
Secondary Lymphedema is most common. It is usually caused by surgery, radiation treatment, spreading of tumor, infection or trauma. Radical surgical procedures that require removal of the lymphatic nodes (such as a mastectomy -removal of the breast due to the breast cancer, gynecological surgery, surgery on a prostate or bowel) put patients at a higher risk of developing lymphedema.
How The Venowave Can Help
The Venowave is a medical device that has been statistically proven to assist in lymphatic drainage. Traditionally, compression stockings and bandages have been the gold standard in lymphedema treatment until today. The Venowave can be used alone or in conjunction with compression stockings. The Venowave is applied to the back of the calf and gently stimulates the lymphatic system mimicking a continuous lymphatic drainage massage. The Venowave is unique because it is lightweight (270g, about half a pound), discreet and allows patients to remain completely mobile. There are no wires, tubes or sleeves. The Venowave can be used in hospital or during homecare.
The Venowave is Useful For
- Stimulating the body’s Lymphatic System
- Acting as a continuous lymphatic drainage massage
- Diminishing post-operative pain and swelling
- Enhancing circulation