For those with lymphedema or ulcers from chronic venous insufficiency, pneumatic compression devices can make a world of difference. The newer technology and scientific findings behind the pumps make them a promising product to consider. Our specialists would love to help you find the best option for your needs.
What is a Pneumatic Compression Pump?
Lympha Press® is a dynamic compression therapy system. It consists of a device which supplies air to garments worn over the areas of the body to be treated. The Lympha Press® device fills air cells within the garments in a special sequence, alternating waves of compression with brief periods of pause and refill. This action massages the affected area with a "milking" motion.
Who can benefit from a compression pump?
Those with Lymphedema
Those with Venous Stasis Ulcers
How do they work?
Lympha Press® device applies pressure in sequence from the distal part of the limb towards the body. The pressure wave is created by up to 24 overlapping inflatable chambers inside a special garment, or “sleeve,” which is fastened around the area to be treated.
Each chamber inflates in sequence, applying a directional massage action that assists trapped lymphatic fluid to find its way to alternative, open lymphatic channels. .Once the sequence is complete, the Lympha Press® releases the pressure, allowing the emptied lymphatics to refill. Then the process starts over again, and is repeated for the length of the prescribed treatment session.The directional compressive massage also helps reduce venous edema and stimulates venous return.
Our systems offer a variety of treatment modes. Please check our products pages to see which mode(s) are available in each model.
The unique Pretherapy™: Based on the principles of manual lymph drainage, Pretherapy™ first drains the proximal (nearest) areas of the body , preparing them to accept the lymphatic fluid that will be mobilized during the main treatment cycle, either the Lympha mode or the Wave mode.
Lympha or Sequential: The cells in the garment inflate one by one, starting over the hand or foot. This creates a gentle “milking” pressure wave.
Wave : Peristaltic compression. Only three cells inflated at any , moving in a waveform up the limb to the torso. Designed for comfortable and effective treatment in patients with distal discomfort.
Are they covered by insurance companies?
Many insurance companies will cover pneumatic compression pumps.
However, they may require a prior-authorization and a prescription with doctor's notes. We will help you navigate the waters of pump coverage. heide's takes care of the billing for you, but we appreciate your help in getting the appropriate documentation for billing.
We will need these 3 things from your physician:
Prescription from a physician (Or a Certificate of Medical Necessity)
Two Patient Notes that are at least 28 days apart that have:
Diagnosis of primary lymphedema (Q82.0), or secondary lymphedema (I89.0), or chronic venous insufficiency (I87.2).
Symptoms: (Must include at least one of the following)
Staging, girth measurements, 1+ 2+ 3+ Pitting edema, volume measurements.
Conservative Care (Need documentaiton that all three have been tried and the swelling/ulcers still exist)
Compression Stockings or Bandaging
No Significant Improvement
The note must comment that symptoms either remain or persist after attempting conservative care (elevation, compression, and exercise)