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Compression for Swelling, Post-surgical Care, and Cancer Patients

Compression wraps and garments are designed to apply gentle pressure on the affected areas of the body, such as the arms, legs, or chest, to reduce swelling and improve lymph drainage. These garments are commonly used by individuals suffering from lymphedema, a condition characterized by the accumulation of lymph fluid in certain parts of the body. Lymphedema can occur as a side effect of cancer treatment, especially after surgery or radiation therapy.

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When properly worn, compression wraps and garments create a graduated pressure that is highest at the extremities and decreases towards the core. This encourages the movement of lymph fluid, which carries waste products and toxins away from the tissues, towards the lymph nodes for elimination. By facilitating lymph drainage, compression garments can help in reducing swelling and the discomfort associated with it.

In the case of lymphedema and lipedema, compression wraps and garments act as a barrier that prevents the buildup of excess fluid and controls the expansion of tissues. By providing a steady pressure, they help improve the efficiency of the lymphatic system, which can be impaired in these conditions. This compression assists in reducing swelling, improving mobility, and enhancing overall quality of life for individuals suffering from these chronic conditions.

For post-mastectomy patients, compression garments serve a dual purpose. Firstly,

they provide gentle compression to minimize swelling and bruising that can occur after surgery. Secondly, they help in supporting the tissues and reducing the risk of developing lymphedema. The surgical removal of lymph nodes during a mastectomy can disrupt the normal flow of lymph fluid, increasing the possibility of lymphedema. Wearing compression garments can assist in preventing this complication and promoting healing.

Moreover, compression wraps and garments are also beneficial for cancer patients in general. Cancer treatments like chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgeries can lead to fluid retention and swelling in different areas of the body. Compression garments can alleviate these symptoms, improve blood circulation, and help in managing discomfort.

In summary, compression wraps and garments are a vital part of the management and

treatment of lymphedema, lipedema, post-mastectomy recovery, and in providing relief for cancer patients experiencing swelling. By applying gentle pressure, these garments aid in reducing swelling, promoting lymph drainage, and enhancing overall well-being for individuals navigating these medical conditions.

Let the Compression Care team be a part of your recovery. We can help match you to the best garment for your journey. Email our team with questions or schedule a FREE compression consultation with our certified compression team.

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