Lymphedema Compression Garments

Written by Diane Sievert
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Lymphedema compression garments are helpful tools when it comes to lymphedema management. It's true that nothing can replace the effects of a manual lymph drainage massage as performed by a certified therapist. However, once the afflicted area has been treated, lymphedema compression garments can help keep the swelling from returning.

Why Use Lymphedema Compression Garments?

Let's consider the following situation: you are patient who was suffering from lymphedema in your left leg. Once the condition was diagnosed, your regular doctor sent you to a lymphedema therapist. You then underwent several weeks of intense decongestive therapies: you had a manual lymph drainage massage every day and were then bandaged in such as way as to help reduce the swelling.

After several weeks of this intense treatment, the swelling has been reduced to a reasonable level. You were not, however, home free at this point; just because the swelling has been reduced doesn't mean that it won't come back. If the lymph nodes in question have been permanently damaged due to some sort of trauma, you must follow a lymphedema management routine for the remainder of your life.

This is where the lymphedema compression garments come in. Everyday activities and the general direction of gravity make the possibility of congestion and swelling a constant threat. Putting the compression garment on the in the morning and wearing it all day will ensure that fluids don't drip back down into the problem area and accumulate.


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