You can have compression treatment for lymphedema in different ways, depending on where the swelling is. At Mariposa we can supply you with the proper garment depending on your needs. See our Compression Products page for some of our compression options. We serve patients throughout Central Oregon including Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Sisters, Madras, and La Pine.
What Is Compression Treatment?
Compression treatment reduces swelling caused by a build up of lymph fluid (lymphedema). It puts pressure on the area of swelling. The pressure needs to be even but firm on the tissues in the area. There are different ways to apply compression. They include bandaging and garments. The pressure helps the trapped lymph fluid to flow through the lymph vessels. The compression garment or bandages also act as an extra force for the muscles to work against. This helps the fluid to drain out of the area.
Compression garments help to stop lymphedema getting worse. They can reduce mild swelling. Your specialist will usually recommend multi-layered bandaging first if you have severe lymphedema. With this recommendation you can visit Mariposa and we can help get you fitted into the proper compression garment.
The garments vary in how much pressure they put on the tissues. They should:
- cover the whole area of the swelling
- allow you to move normally
- not have any baggy or loose areas
- be comfortable, giving firm support that is not too tight
- be chosen just for you
- be replaced every 4 to 6 months – they lose shape with washing and then apply an uneven pressure
You should wear the garments during the day and take them off at night. Put them on as soon as possible in the morning. You need to wear them when you’re doing any form of exercise.
Your compression garment should be comfortable and should not cause any pain, numbness or tingling. If you have discomfort or pain, take the garment off and contact your lymphedema specialist as soon as possible.
See this WebMD link to assist you in picking the proper compression garment.
Keeping Your Garments in Good Condition
You usually have 2 garments so that you can wear one and wash one. Follow the washing instructions using a mild washing powder or liquid. Dry the garment flat, away from direct heat.
Coordinating Your Compression Care
Once your lymphedema specialist recommends a compression garment you will have to get a doctor’s prescription. With the prescription you can schedule an appointment at Mariposa and we will coordinate with your doctor and lymphedema specialist to ensure we fit you in the proper compression garment. We will take care of billing your insurance if your plan covers compression. It is important to note that Medicare does not cover compression.