Alternative Compression Garments
Made with short-stretch bandages that Velcro together, these adjustable compression garments help those patients with fluctuating levels of swelling. They are also significantly easier to put on and take off, can help manage all stages of lymphedema, and are suitable for 24-hour wear during both day and night.
About Alternative Compression Garments
Because every patient’s lymphedema is different, some patients may need a practical alternative to fit their needs. For patients with the following challenges, we suggest a fitting with an alternative compression garment for support:
- Skin folds or irregular limb shape
- History of open wounds
- Variable levels of swelling
- Unable to receive multi-layer bandaging
- Difficulty donning or doffing other compression garments
The best way to understand each compression garment is to schedule a visit with one of our specialists. They will expertly measure and fit patients for a personal garment that allows for the best possible management of lymphedema. Follow-up visits to ensure that patients have the right fit are also part of our service.
Be careful: if a patient has an open wound, be sure to cover it with a sterile dressing, then apply the supplied liner, fitting the alternative compression garment over the liner.
Donning – Foot
Step 1: Unwrap the foot piece and place the foot on top of it, lining up heel with the heel hole. See Fig. 1.
Step 2: Pull the foot piece flaps on each side to the appropriate clinical and comfortable stretch over the top of the foot, gently adjusting and securing with Velcro. See Fig. 2.
Step 3: After securing the forefoot, grab one side of the ankle band and pull it at a near-end stretch over the top of the mid-foot to the opposite side, securing in place with Velcro. Apply the remaining side in the same manner. See Fig. 3 &4.
Donning – Leg
Step 1: Unwrap the leg piece and lay the “spine” wrap behind leg with the label side inside, behind your knee. The shortest bands will be closer to the foot. Tip: secure the garment in place at the top if needed.
Step 2: Grab each side of the band closest to the ankle and pull forward, wrapping the band around the lowest part of the leg at the appropriate clinical and comfortable stretch, securing with Velcro. See Fig 5. If wearing a foot piece, the bottom band should overlap it.
Step 3: Repeat with each band moving up the leg, smoothing out any wrinkles as you go. See Fig. 6.
- Hand wash with mild detergent, then lay flat to dry
- Do not submerge in water or put in the washing machine
- Do not use bleach
- Do not dry clean
- Do not iron
For a full refund, alternative garments must be returned within 14 days of purchase. Alternative garments can be exchanged for other sizes or styles within 30 days of purchase. Contact customer service to assure you get the exchange you need.
Items must be in returnable and laundered condition with all original packaging and contents from the box.