|Lymphedema can result in enlarged, disfigured limbs, which are susceptible to recurrent infections and often may limit the lifestyle of the patient. Unfortunately there is no cure for lymphedema. However, Macdonalds Prescriptions #2, offers a treatment that improves the quality of life for primary or secondary lymphedema patients.
The LymphaPress multicompartmental pressure system offers a distinct advantage over unicompartmental systems, often used in the treatment of lymphedema. The unicompartmental system distributes pressure in all directions, according to
|LaPlace's Law, "so that only part of the desired pressure reaches the lymph proximally via the lymph vessels, with resultant diminished effectiveness." 1 This permits a back flow to areas of decreased tissue resistance in the extremity. "It has been observed that the thigh and arm levels respond poorly to this low-pressure, unicompartmental device."2 In addition, "the moving pressure cycle in the unicompartmental sleeve is of too long duration, causing great discomfort to the patient, thereby preventing the advantages that could be gained by the use of high pressure."3