Faster Healing and a Lower Rate of Recurrence of Venous Ulcers Treated With Intermittent Pneumatic Compression

Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial

Oscar M. Alvarez, PhD; Lee Markowitz, DPM; Rachelle Parker, MD; Martin E. Wendelken, DPM, RN


ePlasty. 2020;20(e6) 

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  • The median time to healing by 9 months was 141 days for the IPC-treated group and 211 days for the control group (P = .031).

The rate of healing was 1.1 mm/d for the control group and 2.3 mm/d for the group treated with IPC (P < .05).

  • Compared with subjects treated with compression alone, the group treated with IPC reported less pain at each evaluation point for the first 6 weeks.

  • The IPC-treated group had greater reduction in leg edema (19% vs 11%), but this difference was not statistically significant.