Lymphedema Supplies

Written by Diane Sievert
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Using lymphedema supplies appropriately is an important part of lymphedema treatment and management. However, seeing as there are so many supplies offered, patients and even therapists can become quite overwhelmed when trying to select the best items. What follows is a very basic guide to the most commonly used lymphedema supplies.

A Guide to Lymphedema Supplies

Most patients suffering from lymphedema will have to undergo manual lymph drainage. Though this treatment does not require any special lymphedema supplies itself, proper bandaging should follow it up so that the decongestion that has just occurred is not reversed. Therefore, a therapist who performs manual lymph drainage should be sure to stock up on specialized lymphedema bandages; these bandages are specially made to stay put so that fluid does not flow back into the affected area.

Once some of the swelling has been reduced through manual lymph drainage, the patient will embark on a lymphedema management routine. Lymphedema pumps are fast becoming a popular tool in lymphedema maintenance. These pumps are comprised of a cushy boot or sleeve that's wired in such a way as to squeeze and release the affected area in a manner that mirrors the movements of manual lymph drainage massage; though these pumps should not be used in place of a manual lymph drainage massage, they can be used afterwards to keep the swelling down.

However, by far the most popular of lymphedema supplies are compression garments; these garments are manufactured in all types of shapes, sizes, materials, and pressures. If a person has undergone manual lymph drainage and is now in the maintenance phase, he or she must wear a compression garment everyday to keep the swelling down and reshape the affected area. Compression garments are also useful for those who know they are at risk of lymphedema; in other words, they can be used as a preventive measure.

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