A novel implantable device could help millions of people with chronic lymphedema
Blood is not the only fluid whose circulation is critical to our health. The lymphatic system is a complex system of fluid drainage and transport that also functions in immunity and disease resistance. Fluid forced out of the bloodstream is filtered by the lymph nodes and then transported back into the bloodstream via the lymph vessels. When lymph circulation becomes blocked, swelling or lymphedema occurs. It can require daily interventions including wrapping the arms or legs, massage, pneumatic compression, or wearing compression garments. LymphoDrain has developed an implantable subcutaneous device to re-establish lymphatic circulation. It bypasses the obstruction and facilitates continuous lymphatic drainage toward functioning lymph nodes. It could provide medical and financial relief for millions.
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