Edema or inflammation and leg pain are common illnesses experienced by athletes, the elderly, pregnant women, and professionals who spend long hours sitting at their desks or standing on their feet. When Kue, a brand of compression socks, was launched by Pune startup Anatomech in August, sales rose steadily, indicating increased demand.
The socks, which enhance oxygen delivery and muscle recovery while reducing cramps and cramps in the legs, are part of the wearable technology products Anatomech has been working on since 2020, when the company was founded with a grant of INR 10,000. State Ministry of Science and Technology. In September, Anatomech was one of the runners-up on the Pune round of TiE Women’s Global Pitch Competition, which featured 58 companies started by women.
Currently, Anatomech is building a portable, everyday wear cover that allows 10-12 hours of continuous lymphatic decongestion for patients with lymphedema, a surgical outcome following mastectomy or other aggressive surgeries.
“Forty percent of breast cancer survivors experience irreversible swelling in the arm next to them as a result of surgery and radiation. It is incurable and requires lifelong management. Anatomech founder Divyakshi Kaushik said the sleeves stimulate and regulate lymphatic flow, promote self-management and feature Comfortable and stylish design.
The lymphedema wearable wrap is likely to be available in the market in 2022 as its development has been delayed due to the pandemic. “We have already started validating our product technology in 2019, but we also intend to visit a lot of healthcare facilities that were not possible due to the pandemic. Although the infection rate has stabilized once, we have taken some time to contact patients and healthcare facilities. Where cancer and post-cancer care must be approached with a great deal of caution.”
Worldwide, 3.1 million women live with lymphedema, and each year, approximately 900,000 women are at risk of developing it because they have either had a mastectomy or aggressive surgery. In India, 1,06,000 women undergo breast cancer surgery each year and about 65,000 women are at risk of lymphedema. “We are building wearable healthcare devices to facilitate rehabilitation and treatment, while recovering from strenuous physical activities or post-injury and surgery,” Deviakshi added.
Divyakshi is a lawn tennis player who started the company a few years after graduating in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Pune University and Industrial Design from MIT Design Institute in Pune. She was awarded the BIRAC Social Innovation Fellowship in 2018.
“Body biomechanics, which is about how the human body works, intrigues me. As a player, I realize that one has a tissue injury or muscle damage, and how much care that takes while you want to continue training. That kind of guidance is for me,” she said. “.
Anatomech is smart wearable devices for rehabilitation and enhancing agility during strenuous daily activities. “Wearable devices are technically built-in performance enhancers for the fatigued human body. For some, the body can be stressful due to strenuous physical activity, and for others, it can be due to factors such as age, health, lifestyle and genetics.
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