INDICATION

URGENT: AIC should not be used, or at least not before a doctor has been consulted!

Using the VenenWalker

IN THE COSMETIC FIELD

  •  swollen legs caused by lack of movement when, for example: a sales assistant stands for too long, an office worker sits for too      long or a businessman travels long distances
  • unnatural increase in connective tissue (fibrositis), such as in the case of cellulite
  • swelling in the legs as a result of confinement to bed or *pregnancy
  • in the case of varicose veins • in the case of aching muscles, especially as a result of sport

 

IN THE MEDICAL FIELD

Swollen legs diagnosed by the doctor as being the result of:

  • diseased veins, for example varicose veins (also acts as a prevention)
  • varicose veins during a pregnancy (also acts as a prevention)
  • prevention of embolism as a result of confinement to bed
  • swelling in the lymphatic system (lymph oedema)
  • congestion caused by an injured joint or overexertion, such as a haemorrhage
  • following a sport injury
  • swelling resulting from a pulled muscle or a sprain
  • an ulcerated leg caused by circulatory disturbances 
  • surgical wounds heal more quickly

 

* If the patient has difficulty in breathing or if the pulse goes up while using the VenenWalker©, the treatment should be interrupted. In such cases, the patient should consult a doctor.


Indications in Detail

Prevention of thromboembolism; thromboembolism refers to vascular occlusion (embolism) caused by a protracted blood clot (thrombus) that was transported from one part of the bloodstream and got stuck in a narrow place, e.g. near the edge of a ventricle or atrium of the heart within the context of atrial fibrillation or changes in the heart valves. Thrombi can also become detached from an aneurysm or more rarely from veins. Especially when blood clots form in the deep vessels of the leg and pelvis there is a risk of a thrombus being transported to the vessels of the lungs (pulmonary embolism). The extent of the occlusion is directly related to the damage of the tissue supplied by the blood vessel affected (e.g. heart attack). Thromboembolism is the most common form of embolism.

 

Post-thrombotic syndrome; post-thrombotic or post-phlebotic syndrome (PTS) refers to the secondary effects resulting from the permanent damage of the deep vein system of the arm or leg after suffering phlebothrombosis. While the clot is being dissolved an inflammatory process occurs at the wall of the vein - but without involving bacteria or viruses. This reaction is the body's attempt to heal itself and helps to restore the patency of the veins. However, the valves of the veins in the affected area are often attacked or even destroyed in this process. The most important part of the return system is then missing and the veins are no longer able to function properly. This eventually leads to "post-thrombotic syndrome". Roughly 50 per cent of all thrombosis patients are affected. Due to the rareness of thromboses in the arm veins and the lower static stress of the arms, the arms are only rarely affected by PTS.

 

Crural ulcer; a crural or venous ulcer refers to an atraumatic (i.e. not caused by external forces) loss of tissue substance (reaching at least into the dermis) that is typically associated with signs of inflammation. They are most commonly found in the region of the distal (away from the middle of the body) lower leg around the upper ankle joint (venous leg ulcer). This substance defect appears clinically as an infected, often painful wound and is associated with a characteristic, very low healing tendency. In everyday language, crural ulcers are often called "open leg". In most cases, elderly, polymorbid (i.e. suffering from multiple underlying diseases) people are affected by this. After many years of venous stasis an "open leg" or "crural ulcer", i.e. venous leg ulcer as a special form of crural ulcer, can develop. These ulcers are usually located above the medial ankle, are very difficult to treat and are characterised by a slow healing process.

 

Venous oedema; accumulation of water due to venous disorders, the so-called venous oedema, usually occurs in the legs. An oedema is a locally circumscribed or extensive pathological accumulation of watery (serous) liquid in the tissue spaces. Typically it is not apparent when waking up in the morning, but becomes increasingly noticeable as the day advances, especially if the affected person stands or sits for long periods of time.

 

Post-traumatic oedema; oedema ("swelling") or "hydropsy" refers to swelling of the tissue due to accumulation of fluid from the vascular system. Post-traumatic means as a result of external forces.

Lymphoedema; this refers to a visible and palpable accumulation of fluid in the interstitial space (intercellular space). It is caused by mechanical insufficiency of the lymphatic system. Lymphoedema is merely a description of symptoms, not a diagnosis. It is based on a chronic inflammatory clinical picture that can affect not only the extremities, but also the face, neck, torso and also the genitals. As a result of the mechanical insufficiency, the lymphatic ducts are no longer able to adequately remove the interstitial fluid. This leads to a backlog and accumulation of liquid in the intercellular spaces (oedema).

 

Lipoedema; lipoedema (also known colloquially as "saddle bag phenomenon", "adipose dolorosa" or "breeches type adiposity") is an abnormal and symmetrical build-up of fatty tissue on the sides of the hips and thighs and upper arms (later also on the lower legs, forearms and in the neck), associated with pain and sensitivity of the legs to pressure and a tendency to develop haematomas (bruises) in minor traumas. It can also lead to secondary peripheral oedema.

 

Lipoedema occurs nearly exclusively in women, especially after puberty, after pregnancy or during menopause. A genetic predisposition (predisposition is the medical term for an inherited, genetic disposition for or susceptibility to specific diseases or symptoms) is suspected, although hormonal changes and weight gain are also considered to be potential causes. The affected fat cells exhibit pathological changes. Lipoedema is not a sign of being overweight – advising affected patients to go on a diet will therefore not achieve the desired effect.

 

Furthermore, the pathologically changed fatty tissue has a tendency to accumulate water due to a breakdown of the capillary function, which can over time lead to tension and pain caused by pressure. There is primarily no damage of the lymphatic system involved; however, the latter can over time be affected due to the increased vulnerability and inflammatory propensity of the fatty tissue, thus increasing the tendency to develop oedema.

 

Mixed forms of oedema (self-explanatory)

Peripheral arterial occlusive disease; peripheral arterial occlusive disease refers to a disturbed arterial supply of blood to the extremities. This disease is classified as a chronic vascular disease of the arteries. It is caused by narrowing (stenosis) or closure (occlusion) of the arteries supplying blood to the extremities or, less commonly, the aorta. With a proportion of around 95 %, the main cause is arterial sclerosis or, in other words, calcification of the arteries. The complaints range from freedom of symptoms to exertional pain to a reduction in the walking distance of the affected person (intermittent claudication) and gangrene requiring amputation (necrosis). Under strict control sensory disorders in hemiplegia; hemiplegia refers to full paralysis of one half of the body.



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