Lymphedema Treatments in Mumbai by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon of Mumbai

Lymphatic Massage Pumps


A Pneumatic pump also called an intermittent pneumatic compression pump is a machine that has an inflatable sleeve which inflates one after the other to stimulate the flow of lymph in the right direction.

Air chambers and air pumps are used to produce air compression massage for the arms, legs and waist (depending on the area affected). Through the repeated sequential and intermittent inflation and deflation of the air chamber, air compression therapy is effective in promoting good blood and lymph circulation.

Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) therapy is a physical therapy method which is widely adopted by physiotherapists to make treatment for lymphedema relief, poor venous circulation, sports recovery, limb paralysis and limb pain relief.

A sequential compression device works by applying pressure to re-circulate blood and allow blood to flow to all vital organs and extremities. The device is put on the extremity that has severe swelling. And air is pumped in the chamber. After the pressure is applied, the blood is able to flow freely through the extremity.
Sequential compression device works to not only reflow blood but to prevent Deep vein thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism.

These devices have been shown to increase the amount of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) which is a protein involved in breakdown of clots. They also relieve circulatory pain.

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