Managing Lymphedema with Ease: A Guide to Sigvaris Chipsleeves

Sigvaris Chipsleeve Full LegSIGVARIS CHIPSLEEVES

Today, I’d like to highlight the Sigvaris Chipsleeves, a comforting and easy-to-use tool for those dealing with chronic lymphedema. Use these sleeves as a bandage liner, making bandaging quick, easy, and effective, or as a nighttime garment. These beautiful garments are a reassuring addition to your toolbox, especially during a flare-up with your lymphedema. They provide:

  • Continual compression therapy for your arm or leg.
  • Gently move lymph while you sleep or rest.
  • Ensuring you feel at ease and comfortable.

FOAM CHIP THERAPYChipsleeve Direction Channels 2

Compression garments with foam chips, like the Sigvaris Chipsleeves, are remarkably effective in managing lymphedema. They provide a gentle lymphatic massage while resting or sleeping. The foam pressed into the affected area creates tissue stretch and pressure differentials, encouraging the re-absorption of lymphatic fluid. The Sigvaris Chipsleeve, with its open cells and chipped foam, effectively massages fibrotic tissue, stimulating fluid movement and helping to soften superficial tissue. Whether used as a bandage liner in the decongestive phase of lymphedema treatment, as an independent compression garment for nighttime use, or while relaxing at home, these sleeves instill confidence and hope in managing your lymphedema.


These compression garments give you full coverage, benefiting your entire arm or leg. The arm garment comes up high on the axilla and covers the end of the fingers with a separation for the thumb. The full leg Chipsleeve goes from the toes up the outer side of the hip. In addition, the moisture-wicking fabric has unique stretch characteristics, which provide form-fitting comfort.


Like the Sigvaris Chipsleeve, nighttime compression garments offer a versatile and empowering solution for managing edema and lymphedema. Direction channels on this garment facilitate efficient lymph drainage, moving lymphatic fluid while you sleep or rest. If you feel that your daytime garments are not adequately addressing your lymphedema, you can take control using such a nighttime garment. This versatility empowers you to manage your lymphedema effectively. Remember, your healthcare professional always provides personalized advice on using nighttime garments to help manage your lymphedema, ensuring you feel supported and guided.


Sigvaris Chipsleeve comes with an Oversleeve to help push the foam chips in and provide effective therapy while you sleep. This Oversleeve, used in tandem with the Chipsleeve, provides moderate gradient compression of 15-25 mmHg. Remember, your body requires less compression while lying down as it doesn’t have to fight gravity. The garments also come with two cotton liners. Use the liners under the Chipsleeve to protect the garment from dirt and oils in the skin.


Proper care and maintenance are essential to ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your Sigvaris Chipsleeves. The Chipsleeve will only need occasional laundering if you use the cotton liners. However, it’s essential to wash the cotton liners after each use. These liners, made of 100% cotton and with no compression, can be washed like any other cotton material. For the Chipsleeve and the Oversleeve, machine wash them on a gentle cycle using mild detergent. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners. After washing, dry the Chipsleeve on low heat to help fluff up the foam chips. The Oversleeve can be hung to dry. Following these care instructions will help maintain the quality and effectiveness of your Sigvaris Chipsleeve and ensure your comfort and safety.


Chipsleeve: 87% Nylon, 13% SpandexChipsleeve Directional Channels

Oversleeve: Lycra (80% Nylon, 20% Spandex

Chipped Foam: Polyurethane Foam

Liners: 100% Cotton

The Sigvaris Chipsleeve is made with no latex or rubber.


The Sigvaris Chipsleeves offer a practical and comforting solution for those managing chronic lymphedema. With their versatile design and effective foam chip therapy, these garments provide continuous compression and gentle lymphatic massage, whether resting or on the go. Their full coverage and moisture-wicking fabric ensure comfort and ease of use, while the included Oversleeve and cotton liners enhance their functionality. Proper care and maintenance will help extend the life and effectiveness of your Chipsleeves. Always consult your healthcare professional for personalized advice, but with the Sigvaris Chipsleeves, you can take confident steps towards better managing your lymphedema and improving your quality of life.

*These garments are also available in custom if you do not fit into the standard sizing. Call or email to ask about how to order your custom garment if needed!

Disclaimer – This blog is for general information purposes only. Furthermore, the information contained in this blog is not a substitute for medical advice – always consult a licensed healthcare professional for advice on your specific condition.

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