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Compression Therapy for Lymphoedema and Lipoedema

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Compression Is the Key to Managing Your Condition

Swelling in your arms or legs can be a sign of lymphoedema. A disproportionate increase in adipose tissue in the legs, and sometimes in the arms, can be a sign of lipoedema. Although lymphoedema and lipoedema are different diseases, compression therapy is the key element of their treatment. JOBST offers a wide range of made-to-measure (also called custom-fit) and ready-to-wear garments (also called off-the-shelf), adjustable compression devices (also called compression wraps) and compression bandages for different stages of lymphoedema and for lipoedema.

In the following sections, we summarise the most important information for a better understanding of lymphoedema and lipoedema.

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What Is Lymphoedema?

Lymphoedema is a long-term (chronic) condition where lymphatic fluid collects in the tissues, causing swelling. The swelling may be caused by the absence of lymph vessels, damage, or obstruction of the lymphatic system or because the lymphatic system is overloaded. This leads to swelling of the affected area, such as your arm or leg. The lymphatic system runs throughout your body in parallel to your venous system. It is part of your immune system and helps your body fight against infection. It drains and purifies excess fluids and balances the amount of fluids circulating in your body. It works similar to a waste disposal system, taking excess tissue fluid, bacteria, proteins, and waste products away from the tissues and back into the bloodstream.

Lymphoedema often affects only one arm or leg but can also occur in other body parts. Swelling in lymphoedema is associated with a feeling of heaviness, tightness or even aching.

Wearing compression during the day is essential to reduce your swelling and maintain your therapy’s success. If left untreated your lymphoedema can become worse over time. Depending on your condition, nighttime compression can be necessary as well.

Find more information about the causes, symptoms and treatment of lymphoedema here.

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What Is Lipoedema?

Similar to lymphoedema, lipoedema is also a long-term (chronic) disease that affects predominantly the legs and almost exclusively occurs in women. A buildup of fatty tissue leads to discomfort and pain. The reason why lipoedema develops is still unknown. However, it is often associated with phases of significant weight gain and hormonal changes – such as puberty, pregnancy, use of birth control pills and menopause.

Lipoedema usually appears symmetrical in shape and size and affects the legs and, sometimes, the arms. The body above the hips and the hands and feet remain unaffected. This often results in shape disproportion – a narrow waist and larger hips and thighs. The affected limbs are often sensitive, painful, or tender.

Compression therapy is also a key element in treating lipoedema. Wearing compression garments can lessen pain and discomfort while also supporting the tissue of the affected limbs and improving mobility.

You can find more information about the causes, symptoms and treatment of lipoedema here.

Compression Products for Daytime

Daytime garments are designed to apply the pressure required to manage your lymphoedema swelling or your lipoedema symptoms. At JOBST, you will find a wide range of compression garments for different stages of lymphoedema and lipoedema, as well as for different occasions and styles. Whether you’re looking for muted colours or prefer a more vivid style, you will find the right one for you.

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Compression Products for Nighttime

Nighttime compression garments can complement your recommended daytime lymphoedema therapy. They must be supportive, but also flexible and comfortable enough to not cause constrictions or skin irritations. JOBST nighttime compression garments are designed with several features for continuous support at night.

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Adjustable Compression for Oedema Management

Adjustable compression devices, also called compression wraps, are innovative solutions that offer an alternative to bandages or compression garments. Compression wraps are designed to be easily applied while providing similar support to bandages.

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Compression Bandages for Lymphoedema

Compression bandages are normally used in the early stages of lymphoedema treatment in the first phase of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Short-stretch bandages are very effective in treating lymphoedema. They can be combined with pads to either increase or evenly distribute the pressure on your affected limb.

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JOBST Donning Aids and Accessories

Putting on your garments and taking them off can be difficult depending on the compression class you wear or if you have to cope with joint problems or limited mobility. Donning aids, gloves, and other accessories are designed for easier application of JOBST compression garments.

Your Compression Garment - Essential for Living Well

Once you are diagnosed with lymphoedema or lipoedema, your healthcare professional will help you to develop a personalised and holistic treatment plan. This also includes finding a garment that suits your medical and lifestyle needs. JOBST offers garments in different compression classes and styles, as well as adjustable compression devices (also called compression wraps).


Discover Our Compression Products for Lymphoedema and Lipoedema Treatment

For Daytime

JOBST Confidence


JOBST Elvarex

For Nighttime


For Adjustable Compression

JOBST FarrowWrap


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