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Lymphedema / Compression

New Lymphedema Products and Compression Garments

Lymphedema products and compression garments like bras, vests, stockings, and sleeves can help you recover faster after surgery and exercise. They also help promote optimal blood circulation for better general health.

At Mastectomyshop.com, we have a wide range of lymphedema products with different degrees of compression, whether you are an avid athlete, to help boost your recovery after breast cancer surgery or another medical condition, or are simply someone who is on their feet most of the day.

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Who Needs Compression Garments?

Compression clothing are practical garments during recovery from various surgeries, including for breast cancer patients. Compression clothing can also be worn after a strenuous workout to facilitate healing and improve your athletic performance. Compression socks effectively reduce and prevent varicose veins, prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and help tired, achy legs.

Compression garments have different compression ranges. Garments that offer a higher degree of compression, like daytime sleeves, are valuable medical devices for post-surgical recovery, while low compression garments are ideal for wearing daily to promote better vascular health.

Breast cancer patients

Compression therapy is essential for the prevention and treatment of lymphedema. Lymphedema is a serious health complication that can arise after breast cancer surgery that involves the removal of lymph nodes. It prevents the lymphatic system from adequately draining and filtering lymph fluid, causing it to build up in the tissues around the wound site or in the extremities.

Symptoms of lymphedema include severe swelling in the arms, hands, legs, and feet; limb heaviness; tingling sensations in the extremities; and a restricted range of motion. Symptoms of lymphedema range from mild to severe and require different levels of compression therapy to find relief.

Lymphedema can cause severe infection, fibrosis, and cellulitis, if left untreated.

A post-surgical compression garment provides gentle gradient pressure to your arms and legs to enhance the circulation of lymph fluid and improve blood flow.

Surgical patients

Compression garments and lymphedema products are critical medical devices used to improve venous return and reduce vascular swelling in post-surgical patients. Doctors often recommend that orthopedic patients wear body compression garments after surgery due to the high risk of blood clots.

The effects of compression garments on the circulatory system also help improve the body’s immune response by flooding surgical sites with nutrients required for healing. This can speed up the healing process and reduce the risk of infection, increasing the chances of a successful surgery.

Athletes

During exercise, compression stockings are ideal garments for preventing lymphedema in the legs and feet. They are also suitable for athletes looking for an effective way to avoid exercise-induced muscle damage, and they can aid recovery.

After an intense workout or eccentric exercise involving slow, muscle lengthening exercises, blood lactate concentration increases, and lactic acid builds up in the muscle cells as they break down. Muscle cell deterioration occurs due to low blood oxygen levels, causing delayed-onset muscle soreness.

During exercise, wearing compression garments like an arm sleeve can prevent delayed-onset muscle soreness by promoting blood flow to the muscles, flooding the tissue with oxygen, and eliminating lactic acid. Delayed-onset muscle soreness can prevent you from working out regularly. Compression garments allow for a faster post-workout recovery and improve your range of motion after exercise.

Shift workers

Shifter workers such as doctors, nurses, and hospitality employees can benefit from wearing non-medical compression garments. Spending hours on your feet at work can leave your legs feeling heavy and tired. It can also contribute to the development of varicose veins and edema.

The gradient pressure effects of compression garments can prevent blood from pooling in the lower legs and feet, eliminating the symptoms of leg fatigue.

Frequent flyers

Aircrew and people who regularly jet set across the globe can benefit from compression therapy. People at high risk for DVT or a history of varicose veins are at an increased risk of vascular damage or blood clots while flying.

Changes in cabin air pressure, lower cabin oxygen levels, and limited room to move can disrupt blood circulation. Compression stockings and socks increase limb compression and prevent leg fatigue, clots near the skin’s surface, and limb swelling.

Types of Compression Garments Available at Mastectomyshop.com

We carry an extensive array of compression products from trusted brands such as Anita, Juzo, and JOBST that come in a range of different limb compression levels from mild 15-20 mmHg to a firm 40-50 mmHg.

Compression stockings and socks

Compression stockings alleviate tired, aching legs and improve poor lymphatic drainage from your feet up toward your thighs. The stockings feature a specialized stretch knit that provides gradient pressure to move lymph fluid up and away from your feet to prevent swelling.

They come in various sizes, colors, and styles, from full thigh-length stockings to knee and ankle-length compression socks ideal for everyday wear. Many models feature a light silicone band at the top to keep your stockings and socks in place.

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Juzo Power Compression Socks feature a discreet design making them ideal for men and women to wear every day, whether at the office, working out, or socializing. The moisture-wicking fabric keeps your feet cool and dry, while the cushioned sole and arch support offers an enhanced fit for maximum comfort.

Compression sleeves

Compression sleeves are created to eliminate swelling in your upper and lower arms. They can be worn with or without a gauntlet to cover the wrist and palm and provide the perfect amount of pressure while still allowing you to move freely.

The multi-directional stretch knit fits snuggly to your arm and moves lymph fluid away from your wrist and hand toward your heart.

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We carry sleeves in nude colors that can be worn discreetly under clothing or show off your style with daytime sleeves from Juzo that come in a stunning selection of vibrant prints, patterns, and colors.

Compression bandages and wraps

Create a custom fit with just the right amount of pressure with a compression wrap. Arm and foot wraps are an excellent alternative to elastic compression stockings and an arm sleeve. They allow for easy application and enable you to make micro-adjustments throughout the day to maintain consistent and comfortable pressure.

At Mastectomyshop.com, we offer medical-grade compression bandages by Anita, Amoena, Circaid, and JOBST. Our selection includes tubular compression bandages to layer underneath adjustable compression boots, compression sleeves, and Velcro bandages; breathable elastic gauze bandages; and body bandages.

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For day and night medical-grade compression, we also offer adjustable compression boots. The Circaid Juxta-Fit Legging Lower Leg Bandage has four fully adjustable straps allowing you to loosen the pressure for nighttime wear.

Post-surgical compression bras

Plastic surgeons recommend post-surgical compression bras for use immediately after breast cancer surgery. The gentle compression minimizes swelling and can speed up your recovery by promoting better blood flow to the surgical site and draining away lymph fluid to prevent infection.

Many compression bras come with convenient features, including front closures and Velcro straps allowing you to dress easily if you have a limited range of motion after surgery. Some models also have discreet pouches to hold drainage tubes for easier changing and cleaning at home.

Light compression bras and vests may also feature a cup pocket sewn directly into the bra. A cup pocket can hold lightweight foam breast forms to help you regain your shape after surgery. Always check with your doctor before wearing breast forms, as additional weight on the chest wall can disrupt healing.

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The ABC Active Recovery Mastectomy Bra is ideal for women recovering from breast cancer surgeries, including unilateral and bilateral mastectomies, breast-conserving surgery, lumpectomy, and breast reconstruction.

Compression tops

In addition to limb compression garments, your plastic surgeon or oncologist may recommend wearing compression tops or camisoles during your recovery from breast cancer surgery. Axillary lymph node swelling is common during breast cancer treatment and is one of the main symptoms of lymphedema.

Compression t-shirts and camisoles often feature a double layer of knit fabric around the chest and underarms to provide gradient pressure. They also feature pockets under the arms to hold comfort pads that minimize swelling.

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Try our selection of Wear Ease Compression Tops, Tanks, and Camisoles. They’re available in a range of neutral colors, including black, white, and navy blue, to coordinate seamlessly with your wardrobe. They feature extra-wide straps for optimal comfort and offer UV protection, so you can wear them on their own during the summer or layered under a sweater in the colder months.

Body compression garments

A body compression garment places gentle pressure on the abdomen and lower back. They are the ideal garments during recovery from thoracic or abdominal surgery or for regaining abdominal strength after giving birth. It is also a practical choice to provide spinal support in patients with sciatica or slipped discs.

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The Anita Care Post Operative Body Bandage is crafted from an ultra-soft skin-friendly cotton-nylon-elastane blend. It features a padded wound dressing covering to minimize irritation to trauma sites.

Compression shorts and pants

During exercise, wearing compression garments promotes faster post-workout recovery and prevents injury due to cramping or restricted movement. They provide compression for the waist, abdomen, lower back, hips, buttocks, and thighs to increase blood flow from the lower body to the upper body back to the heart.

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Our Wear Ease Capri Pants are perfect for wearing every day to support your body during exercise or after surgery. They’re crafted from high-performance 4-way stretch fabric, which is double-layered to increase compression, and the hidden seams prevent skin irritation.

How Do Compression Garments Work?

The effects of compression garments, such as improving blood circulation and lymph flow, are due to the garments’ knit and materials and how they regulate venous hemodynamics (how blood circulates around the body.) Studies on the efficacy of compression garments suggest that they can improve heart rate and venous return for improved cardiovascular function.

Compression garments work by placing gradient pressure on strategic locations to redirect blood circulation. Stronger pressure on the extremities and lighter pressure toward the upper body and heart helps veins work against gravity to return blood back to the heart.

It also aids lymphatic vessels to eliminate lymph fluid from building up in the tissues. The lymphatic vessels do not have valves to propel lymph fluid back to the heart. Gentle gradient pressure acts as a massage to move lymph through the vessels and away from the extremities to reduce swelling.

Finding the Right Fit for Your Compression Garments

There are several garment considerations to factor into your decision when shopping for lymphedema and compression apparel, including fit, purpose, and pressure level.

The correct fit is essential for the efficacy of your compression garments. Compression garments are created to fit snugly without restricting your blood flow. They cannot deliver the compression level necessary to address your condition if they are too loose.

Ensure you take precise measurements of the affected limb before buying compression garments. You should measure both the widest and narrowest part of your arm or leg to find the best fit for your body. Measurements should be taken when your limb is at its most reduced state to allow for better sizing accuracy.

Types of compression levels

Post-surgical garments come in various compression pressures to prevent and address specific issues, from boosting circulation to speeding up the recovery process. At Mastectomyshop.com, we offer garments in several degrees of compression, including:

  • Mild compression 8-15 mmHg: Ideal for reducing the risk of spider and varicose veins during pregnancy; prevents fatigued legs from prolonged sitting and standing; relieves minor swelling in the feet, ankles, and legs.
  • Moderate compression 15-20 mmHg: Helps prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) during long-haul flights; used after sclerotherapy to reduce the recurrence of spider and varicose veins; suitable for use during exercise.
  • Firm compression 20-30 mmHg: Used to treat lymphedema and prevent orthostatic hypotension when standing.
  • Extra-firm compression 30-40 mmHg: Designed to treat venous diseases such as venous insufficiency, venous ulcers, and post-thrombotic syndrome.
  • Medical grade compression 40-50 mmHg: Indicated for severe venous insufficiency and chronic deep vein thrombosis.

At Mastectomyshop.com, we carry a wide range of compression garments at all pressure levels, including bras, vests, shorts, leggings, and socks, to aid recovery after surgery or exercise or improve cardiovascular health.

Choose Mastectomyshop.com for All Your Compression Needs

While there is no cure for lymphedema, with suitable compression garments and therapy with lymphedema specialists, you can alleviate lymphedema symptoms for a better quality of life.

Contact Mastectomyshop.com at (877) 413-2272 to learn how our compression products can help prevent and treat lymphedema symptoms and how light compression can help you recover faster from intense workouts.