The Flexitouch System is designed for at-home treatment of lymphedema, chronic edema and chronic wounds. This guide provides the information needed to set up and use your Flexitouch System.
Indications for Use:
- Primary lymphedema
- Post-mastectomy edema
- Edema following trauma and sports injuries
- Post-immobilization edema
- Venous insufficiencies
- Reducing wound healing time
- Treatment and assistance in healing stasis dermatitis, venous stasis ulcers, or arterial and diabetic leg ulcers
- Pulmonary edema
- Congestive heart failure
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Episodes of pulmonary embolism
- Acute infection or inflammation
- Acute cancer
- Conditions in which increased lymphatic return is undesirable
Clinical Documentation Guidelines for Flexitouch Therapy
Some health plans may not approve payment for the Flexitouch System until the patient has first tried a basic compression pump and found it to be ineffective. The patient’s medical records may require documentation that the patient:
- Has tried at least four weeks of conservative home therapy, including the use of compression bandaging or garment, exercise, and elevation
- Continues to manifest significant symptoms, such as continued swelling, fibrosis, impaired skin integrity, pain, impaired mobility and recurrent cellulitis
Traveling with Your Flexitouch System
Patients may travel with any device that is medically necessary and can go through the x-ray screening process. Tactile Medical recommends patients traveling with their device do the following:
- Carry on their controller and power cord. Patients may pack any garments/sleeves in their checked luggage.
- Bring their user guide and prescription card with them to better help explain what the device does to a TSA agent.
- Take the controller out of the carry on, as is done with a laptop.
- Be prepared to turn the device on and show a TSA agent how the device works, if asked to do so.
- Websites such as www.tsa.gov, or the equivalent agency in your destination country may be able to give your more information.
Additional Helpful Information:
- The device will operate from 100 – 240 volts, 50/60 Hz, working nearly anywhere in the world without the need for a transformer or voltage converter. If traveling outside the U.S., a plug adapter may be necessary, and can be purchased at a retail store. Tactile Medical does not supply plug adapters.
- The following FDA website links show our products have been cleared to market in the U.S.: http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/cdrh_docs/pdf6/K062818.pdf
- If you have any additional questions, please contact Tactile Medical at 866.435.3948