Lymphedema is a condition that afflicts more than an estimated 250,000 people in the United States. Breast cancer patients generally have either mastectomy or lumpectomy with radiation, and between 12 and 35% of patients develop clinically significant lymphedema. Lymphedema is the result of disruption in the lymphatic system, resulting in obstructed lymphatic flow, swelling, pain, and susceptibility to infection. Similar problems arise in the lower extremities due to surgeries in the legs or abdomen. Lymphedema is generally a lifelong disability that frequently worsens over time. There are no effective surgical or medical treatments for this condition. The mainstay of treatment is compressive therapy, usually by wraps and bandages or mechanical compression devices. However, these compressive treatments are expensive, confining, and difficult to use properly and consistently. The ReidSleeve overcomes these limitations.
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