Compression garments must be worn by a person with lymphedema on the affected limb following complete decongestive therapy to maintain edema reduction and to compress the arm or leg and encourage the flow of lymph fluid out of the affected limb.
Treatment for lymphedema varies depending on the severity of the edema and the degree of fibrosis of the affected limb. Most people with lymphedema follow a daily regimen of treatment as suggested by their physician or certified lymphedema therapist.
The most common treatments for lymphedema are a combination of direct lymphatic massage, lymphatic exercise, daytime and nighttime compression garments or compression bandaging and the use of intermittent sequential gradient pumps. Although a combination treatment program may be ideal, any of these treatments can be done individually.
A compression garment may be custom-fit or purchased over-the-counter in standard sizes