Compression is an important part of lymphedema treatment

Once MLD has been completed, compression is applied to help move the extra fluid out of the limb, and to keep it from coming back into the limb. The idea behind compression therapy is to assist the tissue by applying pressure from the outside, which allows the fluid to flow.

There are many different types of products that are used for compression. In the Decongestive phase of CDT, the compression types commonly used are:

  • Multi-Layer Bandaging
  • 2-Layer Bandaging
  • Elastic / Velcro® Wraps

Once the level of decreased edema has been achieved in Phase I, medical compression garments help maintain that decreased level. Since we know the swelling will come back without compression, it is imperative to wear some sort of gradient compression product. There are many different options offered to manage edema during the Maintenance phase of CDT:

  • Compression Garments
  • Wrap / Velcro® Products
  • Chipped Foam-based Products


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