Quilted foam compression garments are worn at night as a replacement for bandages. They exert less compression than daytime garments, and the foam helps to gently break up tissue fibrosis.
About Nighttime Compression Garments
Many compression garments should not be worn during sleep, and some patients may struggle with self-bandaging at night. However, nighttime compression garments can provide an option for those patients looking for comfort and more compliant management of their lymphedema.
Nighttime garments are easier for patients to apply than bandages, saving them time before bed, and can help allow them to sleep in more natural positions.
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: fingernails and jewelry are capable of damaging compression garments. Remove jewelry and use the pads of your fingers, not the nails. Consider wearing rubber Sigvaris Donning Gloves if your nails are too long, or your finger strength is too weak. Do not apply creams or lotions to your limbs before donning your compression garment.
Donning – Lower Extremity
Step 1: Turn the upper half of the stocking inside out to the heel by gently sliding the stocking down over the foot portion.
Step 2: Slip your foot into the foot portion.
Step 3: Gently ease the remaining part of the stocking over the heel.
Step 4: Use the palms of your hands to massage the stocking upwards towards the knee. DO NOT pull or yank at the upper edge of the stocking.
Step 5: Follow the same procedure for the opposite leg, taking care that the stitch rows always run vertically.
Step 6: For thigh-highs and pantyhose, position both stockings, as described above, until just below the knee.
Step 7: Gently ease the stocking onto the thigh. Work the stocking upwards into place using the palms of your hands until the stocking reaches the groin area.
If putting on a thigh-high stocking with silicone border, DO NOT pull the stocking up from the silicone border.
Step 8: For pantyhose, ease the body part of the pantyhose to your waist. The seams should run vertically up the front of the garment.
Donning – Upper Extremity
Step 1: Fold the top half of the sleeve down over the bottom half of the sleeve.
Step 2: Using the folded edge, gently ease the sleeve over the hand and up the arm until the folded edge reaches the elbow.
Step 3: Take the end of the top half of the sleeve and slide it slowly up the upper part of the arm towards the shoulder. Using Sigvaris Donning Gloves helps make the process much easier.
Step 4: Use the palm of your hand to distribute the knit and guide the sleeve into place equally. The knit should look even and fit smoothly over the length of the arm.
- Machine wash in warm water, on permanent press with other laundry items
- Do not use bleach or fabric softeners
- If the garment has Velcro, make sure Velcro is fastened securely before washing
- Do not dry clean
- Tumble dry on permanent press with other laundry items or clean tennis balls
- Drying time may be shortened by pressing out excess water with a towel before drying
- Do not iron
If your nighttime garment is custom-made:
Custom-made flat-knit compression garments are fit guaranteed for 14 days. If the fit is not 100% to your satisfaction, just let us know within 14 days with new instructions or measurements from your therapist or our advocate, and we will have the garment remade at no additional charge.
Please note that there are no refunds for flat knit compression garments since they are custom made. However, they can be remade at no additional charge when measurements are provided by one of our advocates or your certified lymphedema therapist.
Under the rare circumstances that require a second remake, Absolute Medical will provide the patient with a new garment at no additional cost, as long as we are notified within 14 days from the most recent order.
All previous garments must be returned within 14 days of receiving your new garment. Items must be in returnable and laundered condition, with all original packaging and contents from the box.
If your nighttime garment is not custom-made:
For a full refund, nighttime garments must be returned within 14 days of purchase. Nighttime garments can be exchanged for other sizes or styles within 30 days of purchase. Contact customer service to ensure you get the exchange you need.
Items must be in returnable and laundered condition with all original packaging and contents from the box.