Amy Santiago was an active child, most of all loving to dance. She thought it was that love that led to her legs swelling to the point she could not wear her regular shoes. She later found out, it was lymphedema. View Amy’s story.
Neither Melvin nor his physicians were quite sure why his legs began to swell beyond control. But once the word “lymphedema” was offered as an option, he took control and has never looked back. View Melvin’s story.
Deanna has lymphedema in her right leg. As a lymphedema therapist and patient, she brings a unique perspective to her profession. She finds relief for herself and her patients using the Flexitouch system. View Deanna’s story.
Courtney, a high school student, noticed swelling in her leg after dance practice. Once diagnosed with lymphedema, she worried about how the condition would impact her appearance and activities.
Vern was diagnosed with lymphedema 37 years after radiation for testicular cancer. He decided he would not let the swelling in his leg interrupt his sports activities or sales career.
Mari developed lymphedema following breast cancer radiation treatment. She refused to become lost in the medical system or become a victim of the challenges of lymphedema.
Annette’s lymphedema affects both her legs. She had to quit her job to manage her condition. Just months after she started using the Flexitouch system, she was able to accept a new job.
The Entre system works!
I had been dealing with lymphedema for about one year and was prescribed the Entre system to help manage my swelling. I noticed immediate relief after using the system for the very first time, and have since made a point to use it every day—even when I travel.
Being young and otherwise healthy, I am extra cautious about being proactive about my condition, in hopes of avoiding problems in the future.
I have seen the critical role the Entre system plays in the management of my chronic condition, and I’m happy to have found something that meets my daily needs.”
Douglas, a retired Vietnam War veteran, suffered from a painful nonhealing wound on the front and back of his leg. He now uses ACTitouch and says he feels better than he has in 30 years.
Jim’s story began more than two decades ago. “I was diagnosed with deep venous thrombosis in 1991, and complications just got worse over time. I have been dealing with wounds on my leg for 15 years,” Jim related.
OTR, CHT, Lead OT
North Carolina VA, Asheville, NC
Now that the Flexitouch is listed on the Federal Supply Schedule, I am able to offer this option to my veteran patients with chronic edema. The Flexitouch device is able to provide superior in-home management of chronic edema. My patients that have received the Flexitouch have had remarkable outcomes and are very satisfied and comfortable with using the device at home.”
Nancy A. Hutchison
Medical Director for Cancer Rehabilitation and Lymphedema
Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, Minneapolis, MN
I find the Flexitouch to be very beneficial for my patients with lymphedema who cannot maintain a stable volume reduction. The Flexitouch gives them an effective tool to use in their homes to manage their lymphedema successfully.”
HND, RMT, CLT-LANA
Director, Dr. Vodder School-International
The Dr. Vodder School has invited Tactile Medical to inform therapists about the Flexitouch compression pump devices at our advanced trainings for certified therapists. While we do not endorse specific products, it appears that a lot of thought has been put into the development of the Flexitouch as an adjunct to Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). We still recommend that therapists use MLD before and after the use of pumps and several of our experienced therapists have utilized the Flexitouch pump both in practice and research.”
DO, FACP, RPVI
Program Director, Vascular Medicine, Director, Cardiovascular Medicine’s Non-invasive Peripheral Vascular Laboratory, Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH
I distinctly recall one patient with post-mastectomy lymphedema who was referred to me after failing a year of aggressive therapy with CDT/MLD and a contemporaneous traditional pneumatic pump. After just one treatment application with the Flexitouch, immediate subjective and objective improvement in her lymphedema ensued. She was elated and highly appreciative!
It appears that the unique Flexitouch system has the potential to change the treatment paradigm for managing the challenging lymphedema patient in both clinic and home-based settings.”
Advanced Vein Center, Mesa, AZ
Patients who are using the Flexitouch have actually personally thanked me for helping them to get the system. My patients report being very compliant with the Flexitouch and I feel that this is an improvement above the previous pumps I have used. This is evident in that their conditions are improving, and the patients report to me that they feel better since they have been using the Flexitouch system.
Anthony J. Comerota
MD, FACS, FACC
Director of the Jobst Vascular Institute Program Director, ProMedica Toledo Hospital, Toledo, OH
ACTitouch delivers consistently monitored graded pressure while it is worn. The ability to provide intermittent pneumatic compression with the same device offers incremental patient benefit previously unavailable with a single compression unit.
DPM, FASPS, FACFAOM, CWS
Associate Chief and Assistant Residency Director, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
The Actitouch is easy for the doctor and easy for the patient. It’s a no-brainer.