One of the major components to managing lymphedema is compression therapy. Short stretch bandages are often used during the treatment phase. However, these bandages can be difficult to apply and use. CircAid has come up with an alternative method that might just be the solution for some.
Lymphedema is the swelling that occurs when excessive lymph fluid accumulates in the tissue just under the skin. The standard management for lymphedema consists of manual lymphatic drainage, skin care, exercise therapy, inelastic compression bandaging and eventually compression garment for maintenance.
The frequency and duration of care is dependent on patients’ individual needs. Care can range from two to three visits per week for six weeks or more depending on the severity of lymphedema. Insurance coverage and the ability of the patient to get to the clinic can also play a role.
Compression bandaging, although effective in reducing edema, does have its drawbacks. The application of the bandages is time consuming and requires skill. Furthermore, because patients are not able to effectively bandage themselves, this strategy doesn’t promote self care. Lastly, wearing bandages can negatively impact a person’s quality of life. Bandages can be uncomfortable. Hygiene can also be difficult resulting in low compliance.
A DIFFERENT WAY TO BANDAGE
Realizing some of the issues that patients and therapists alike were having with compression bandaging, CircAid created a new way to achieve these results. They invented the Circaid Reduction Kit. The kit consists of a one-size-fits-all, adjustable compression component. This component is cut and fit to the patient on site. This creates a custom fit for the patient.
The garment is made of a patented, breathable material. This material has just enough elasticity to follow the contour of the limb which maximizes comfort and reduces slippage. Each garment consists of a series of offset bands that are wrapped around the limb and fastened with velcro closures. This allows for quick and easy application, as well as removal and adjustment of the product. The patient can easily don and doff this garment, which greatly improves results. This quick, simple and therapeutic application of the reduction kit gives the patient a comfortable, clean and effective way to control edema both in the clinic and at home.
In the initial case study of the reduction kit, 79% of the patients stated they would continue to use the product to help maintain their condition. Seventy percent described the reduction kit as excellent. By the end of the trial, clinicians’ view of the reduction kit improved from the initial evaluation with 85% rating it as “excellent.” Finally, 67% of clinicians gave the reduction kit an excellent rating for its ability to control edema and for improving the patient’s skin.
CHOICES FOR TREATMENT?
The CircAid Reduction Kit is a high-quality, effective option for managing lymphedema. Consult with your physical therapist to see if it may be the right fit for you and your needs.
Disclaimer – This blog is for general information purposes only. Furthermore, information contained in this blog is not a substitute for medical advice. Always consult a licensed healthcare professional for advice on your specific condition.