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NormaTec’s technology is indicated for a multitude of circulatory conditions, including lymphedema, non-healing wounds and venous insufficiency. Find case studies, notable research, and industry papers on the benefits of pneumatic compression therapy and specific patient outcomes with NormaTec’s technology.

Lymphedema of the Hand & Forearm Following Fracture of the Distal Radius

David A. Kasper, DO, MBA; Menachem M. Meller, MD, PhD

Orthopedics, 2008; 31:172

A full functional outcome for our patient, who had chronic, clinically significant symptoms, was achieved in a brief period of time after numerous other treatments failed. The NormaTec Pulse Compression strategy dynamically decongested the edematous tissues, and her hand and wrist range of motion improved markedly.

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Postoperative use of the NormaTec Pneumatic Compression Device in Vascular Anomalies

Talbot SG, Kerstein D, Jacobs LF, Upton J. C

Department of Plastic Surgery, Children’s Hospital, Boston, Mass., 2012

Peripheral surgical wounds can be complicated by several common sequelae including operative site edema, distal limb edema, wound dehiscence, hemorrhage, hematoma, infection, tissue necrosis, and deep vein thrombosis. Significant postoperative complications were prevented with the use of a novel dynamic compression device employing peristaltic pulse pneumatic compression

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Pneumatic Medicine and Rapid Wound Healing

Jacobs LF.

Synergy: The Voice of the American Professional Wound Care Association, APWCA, 2006

The Southwest Regional Wound Care Center in Lubbock, Texas reported dramatic clinical outcomes soon after beginning to prescribe the PCD/ Two cases are detailed. In patient one, after using the NormaTec at home for approximately one hour per day for four weeks, a chronic, non-healing wound had completely healed Patient two was also treated with Pneumatic Medicine and after three weeks of daily home treatment, the wound was completely healed.

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Pneumatic Medicine: advanced treatment of peripheral vascular disorders.

Jacobs LF.

Podiatry Management, June/July 2007:131, APWCA Case #3, 2007

This article relates the benefits of the NormaTec PCD have on peripheral vascular disorders, specifically detailing results achieved in cases related to podiatry. It details a patient with peripheral arterial disease, and chronic venous insufficiency edema with non healing wounds. After one-hour daily use of NormaTec his lower extremity edema totally resolved, his wounds healed completely, and dystopic changes in his toenails began to disappear.

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The magic of Pneumatic Medicine: rapid wound healing.

Jacobs LF, Stephens B, Rajotte SD, Jenkins E.

Poster at 21st Annual Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin and Wound Care, 2006

Pneumatic Medicine treats a wide array of vascular diseases utilizing the Peristaltic Pulse Pneumatic Waveform to improve peripheral circulation. Four case studies of different conditions are chronicled, with dramatic healing results for each after various treatment times with the NormaTec. This is a visual study on how incorporating Pneumatic Medicine in clinical practice is a successful strategy to achieve rapid wound healing.

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Sequential gradient compression enhances venous ulcer healing: a randomized trial.

Smith PC, Sarin S, Hasty J, Scurr JH.

Surgery 108:871-875, 1990

A randomized study was undertaken to compare two regimens of treatment for patients with venous ulcers. The results indicate that sequential gradient intermittent pneumatic compression is beneficial in the treatment of venous ulcers, where the median rate of ulcer healing in the control group was 2.1% area per week, compared to 19.8% area per week in the intermittent pneumatic compression group.

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Intermittent pneumatic compression for treating venous leg ulcers.

Nelson EA, Mani R, Vowden K.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Issue 1, 2009.

IPC may increase healing compared with no compression, but it is not clear whether it increases healing when added to treatment with bandages, or if it can be used instead of compression bandages. Rapid IPC was better than slow IPC in one trial. Further trials are required to determine whether IPC increases the healing of venous leg ulcers when used in modern practice where compression therapy is widely used.

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Standard, appropriate, and advanced care and medical-legal considerations: part two - venous ulcerations..

Ennis WJ, Menese P.

Wounds 15:107-122 (2003).

This paper reviews the pathogenesis of venous ulcers, and reviews treatment options keeping in mind the different concepts of standard care, appropriate care, and advanced care. Numerous advanced care technologies for venous ulcers are examined. It concludes that all venous ulcer patients should be treated with compression and appropriate local care prior to considering systemic therapy.

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Treatment of congenital lymphoedema with sequential intermittent pneumatic compression therapy.

Avery KB, Solomon AD, Jacobs LF.

The Foot 10:210-215 (2000).

A case of a five-month-old male patient with unilateral congenital lymphedema of the lower extremity is presented. The patient was successfully treated with pneumatic compression therapy. A review of the literature regarding congenital lymphedema and its’ treatment is presented and discussed.

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A comparison of compression pumps in the treatment of lymphedema.

Bergan JJ, Sparks S, Angle N.

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery 32:455-462 (1998).

This study aimed to ascertain whether a unicompartmental nongradient pump, a three-compartment pump, or a multicompartmental gradient pressure pump would be most effective to produce a reduction in treated limb volumes in primary and secondary lymphedema. Results were best achieved by multicompartment sequential compression. Limb volume reduction by single or three compartment devices is decidedly less effective in treatment of lymphedema.

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A systematic review of common conservative therapies for arm lymphoedema secondary to breast cancer treatment.

Moseley AL, Carati CJ, and Piller NB.

Annals of Oncology 18:639-646 (2007).

Secondary arm lymphedema is a chronic and distressing condition which affects a significant number of women who undergo breast cancer treatment. This systematic review undertook a broad investigation of commonly instigated conservative therapies for secondary arm lymphedema including; complex physical therapy, manual lymphatic drainage, pneumatic compression pumps, oral pharmaceuticals, low level laser therapy, compression bandaging and garments, limb exercises and limb elevation.

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Intermittent pneumatic compression in immobile patients.

Partsch H.

International Wound Journal 5:389-397 (2008).

The purpose of this study is to stress the value of using intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) in immobile patients. The use of IPC helps prevent limb edema and the associated skin changes frequently seen on the legs of the immobile patient. IPC is a very effective treatment modality, especially in immobile, wheelchair-bound patients.

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