Article | 6/1/2018

Health and Economic Benefits of Advanced Pneumatic Compression Devices in Patients with Phlebolymphedema

Michelle Lerman, Engagement Manager, Health Advances; Julia A. Gaebler, PhD, Partner, Health Advances; Sunday Hoy, Esq, Tactile Medical; Jessica Izhakoff, Senior Analyst, Health Advances; Laura Gullett, Senior Analyst, Health Advances, Timothy Niecko, MS, Niecko Health Economics, LLC; Pinar Karaca-Mandic, PhD, University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management; Thomas O’Donnell, MD, Tactile Medical; and Stanley G. Rockson, MD Falk Cardiovascular Research Center, Stanford.
Phlebolymphedema (chronic venous insufficiency-related lymphedema) is a common and costly condition. Nevertheless, there is a dearth of evidence comparing phlebolymphedema therapeutic interventions. This study sought to examine the medical resource utilization and phlebolymphedema-related cost associated with Flexitouch (FLX; Tactile Medical, Minneapolis, Minn) advanced pneumatic compression devices (APCDs) relative to conservative therapy (CONS) alone, simple pneumatic compression devices (SPCDs), and other APCDs in a representative U.S. population of phlebolymphedema patients.
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