This trial is evaluating whether Compression sleeve, worn during exercise will improve 1 primary outcome and 8 secondary outcomes in patients with Lymphedema. Measurement will happen over the course of Up to 24 weeks.
This trial requires 40 total participants across 3 different treatment groups
This trial involves 3 different treatments. Compression Sleeve, Worn During Exercise is the primary treatment being studied. Participants will be divided into 2 treatment groups. There is no placebo group. The treatments being tested are not being studied for commercial purposes.
"Lymphedema occurs commonly among women with cancer and other diseases affecting the body's tissue, especially after surgical removal of the axilla. The condition is common, and it can cause significant disability and distress. Breast augmentation is the most common indication for surgical reconstruction." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"Although lymphedema does not cure, many people feel that improvements in their physical function is equivalent to the improvements in their quality of life that may occur if lymphedema is managed." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"Treatments for lymphedema should be determined by an orthopedic surgeon based on the severity of disease and lifestyle, and a lymphatic block should be considered as the treatment with the highest likelihood of cure. In patients with lymphedema, the limb can be immobilized for up to six weeks after the block unless pain, edema, and discomfort have been reduced with conservative treatment. Then the limbs can be actively stretched at two-week intervals based on patient compliance and the type and severity of disease. There are three to five years following lymphatic block during which time the treatment should be monitored to minimize the chances of recurrence of lymphedema." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"The findings are limited by study design and need to be confirmed in prospective studies. Most study findings are consistent with the use of the LYMPEDP questionnaire, rather than a more direct measurement of swelling." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"Lymphedema was more frequent in women than in men. The most common site of Lymphedema was the lower limbs (95%), more common in men (43%) than in women (15%). The incidence of Lymphedema was 4.8 per thousand in the United States. Lymphedema was probably more common in the past. Lymphedema may be a public health problem in the United States." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"Lymphedema is a symptom of several syndromes, and can be caused by injury or trauma in childhood, or as a complication of diseases such as cancer, or due to genetic disorders. There is currently insufficient evidence to support the usefulness of specific treatment in the prevention of the condition. In the context of cancer treatment, lymphedema has been shown to affect approximately 5% to 10% of patients. In the context of surgery, lymphovenous fistula can be prevented only in a minority of patients. Further research to determine the effectiveness of lymphedema treatment programmes is indicated." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"ACG may improve mobility and QoL for those with lymphedema when worn during exercise. Results from a recent paper support the use of ACG over the use of elastic stockings for people with lymphedema." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"The survival rate is about 50% for lymphedema patients when the treatment is effective. The longer a Lymphedema duration > 6 months, the lower the survival rate. Lymphoedema survivors do suffer from many chronic problems such as limb pain, muscle atrophy, reduced fat weight and osteoarthritis. Lymphoedema survivors require close surveillance over their lymphoedema status to determine effectiveness of the treatment strategy. The treatment for the first lymphedema is mainly conservative. Lymphatic drainage (manual lymphatic drainage or MLD) should be the first intervention, combined with compression garments, exercise, and diet adjustments." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"This pilot study confirms that in people with chronic lymphedema, when a garment (ac) is worn during exercise and the body position is controlled, limb edema is reduced significantly." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"We found no convincing evidence of a clinical benefit of ACG (as compared with ACG-placebo) on leg swelling in patients with lymphedema, and that discomfort was greater in patients wearing an ac garment. Recent findings of our meta-analysis add to the general concern about the efficacy of ACG. Recent findings suggest it may be beneficial to recommend ACG during exercise, however, because of the risk and discomfort, a more personalized and individualized approach may be prudent." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"There were no differences between the group with garments and the group without garments. Although a significant difference in HR in both the groups showed a decrease. There were no differences in resting HR between groups. The adjustable compression gaiters did not seem to improve muscle strength in upper limb." - Anonymous Online Contributor
"Compression garments as used in this study (AC garment) had no effect on a patient's leg swelling when compared to a patient on a standard (AAC) garment. It was concluded that adjusting the garment was not a valuable adjunct to compression garments unless it can be proven that compression garments cause less swelling and greater range of motion than AC garments." - Anonymous Online Contributor