Lymphedema is a condition that causes swelling in the arms or legs due to a blockage in the lymphatic system. This blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining properly, resulting in swelling, discomfort, and sometimes infection. Lymphedema wraps can help manage and reduce swelling by applying compression to the affected limb. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about lymphedema wraps—from how they work to tips for choosing the right compression wrap for your needs.
What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema refers to swelling that occurs when lymph nodes are damaged or lymph vessels are blocked. Normally, the lymphatic system functions to carry lymph fluid away from tissues and filter bacteria and other harmful substances. Lymph fluid contains white blood cells that help fight infection. It also brings nutrients to cells and carries away waste. When the lymph vessels are blocked or lymph nodes stop working properly, lymph fluid can’t drain. This causes it to build up in the tissues and leads to swelling.
There are two main types of lymphedema:
- Primary lymphedema - Present at birth due to poorly developed lymph vessels. This can develop from birth through young adulthood.
- Secondary lymphedema - Caused by damage to the lymphatic system or lymph node removal. It is most commonly caused by cancer treatment, infection, radiation, scar tissue formation, or limb immobilization.
Some common symptoms of lymphedema include:
- Swelling in an arm or leg that begins gradually and worsens over time
- A feeling of heaviness, tightness, or fullness in a limb
- Restricted range of motion
- Aching or discomfort
- Repeated infections in the affected limb
Check Out Our Collection of Lymphedema Leg Wraps
JOBST FarrowWrap Strong Compression Wraps 30-40 mmHg Legpiece Tan
The JOBST FarrowWrap Strong Compression Leg Wraps are an excellent option for managing moderate to severe leg lymphedema. I recently started using these wraps and wanted to share my review. The JOBST FarrowWrap Strong Compression Wraps provide graduated compression of 30-40 mmHg to help reduce limb swelling. They are made of soft, breathable material that is comfortable for all-day wear.
JOBST FarrowWrap Strong Compression Wraps 30-40 mmHg Thighpiece/Kneepiece Combo Tan
The JOBST FarrowWrap Strong Compression Thighpiece and Kneepiece Combo provides graduated compression to help manage swelling in the thigh down through the knee. The wraps are latex-free and have flat seams to prevent skin irritation. The included instructions make wrapping the thigh and knee region quick and easy. For those needing strong compression for thigh and kneecap lymphedema, this JOBST FarrowWrap combo is an excellent choice.
JOBST FarrowWrap Classic Custom Compression Wraps 30-40 mmHg Armpiece Tan
The JOBST FarrowWrap Classic Custom Compression Wraps in the 30-40 mmHg Armpiece Tan version are like a helping hand for people dealing with lymphedema. These wraps are designed to gently squeeze the swollen areas around the armpit and upper arm, kind of like a supportive hug. They're adjustable so they fit just right and feel comfy. Made with strong materials, they're built to last and provide the right amount of pressure to ease the swelling and help the lymph fluid move better.
How Do Lymphedema Wraps Help?
Lymphedema wraps, also called compression wraps or bandages, are elastic garments that are wrapped around the affected arm or leg. They apply gentle pressure to the limb to:
- Reduce swelling - The compression helps move fluid from tissues back into the lymphatic system so it can drain. This reduces limb size and alleviates feelings of heaviness or tightness.
- Improve circulation - Wraps encourage flow of blood and lymph fluid through the limb. This brings oxygen and nutrients to cells and carries away waste.
- Prevent infection - Swelling stretches the skin and makes limbs vulnerable to bacteria entering through small cuts and cracks. Wraps protect the skin.
- Shape and support - Wraps provide structure and support to the limb. This makes movement easier.
- Reduce fibrosis - Compression can help soften fibrotic tissue that results from chronic swelling and inflammation. This helps restore flexibility.
Benefits of Lymphedema Compression Wraps
Purchasing a lymphedema compression wrap offers many advantages:
- Saves money - More affordable than buying components separately
- Saves time - No need to shop for individual supplies
- Portable - Everything stored in a carrying case for use at home or when traveling
- Self-management - Allows you to wrap independently at home
- Custom options - Choose kit based on your needs and limb size
** simplicity - Clear instructions and all materials for effective self-wrapping
- Compression range - Many include wrap options to accommodate swelling changes
How tight should lymphedema wraps be?
The wraps should feel snug but not painful or constricting. They should not interfere with normal breathing or blood circulation. Mild tingling or pulsing when first applied is common, but wraps should never cause numbness, severe discomfort, or discoloration of fingers/toes.
When should I wear my lymphedema wraps?
Your doctor will advise how many hours per day you should wear compression. Most recommend wearing wraps during waking hours, removing for bathing, then putting night compression on before bed. Keeping constant compression helps prevent re-accumulation of fluid.
Can I reuse lymphedema wraps?
It’s best to use clean wraps each time to prevent bacterial growth on used wraps that could lead to infection. Have enough wraps so you can launder and let them fully dry before wearing again.
Get Your Lymphedema Wraps Today
Managing lymphedema takes dedication, but the right compression wraps can make self-care easier. A well-designed compression wrap provides everything you need for effective at-home treatment. Visit Dunn Medical Supply today to shop our selection of lymphedema wraps for both arms and legs. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the right kit and compression level for your needs.