The clinical term for swelling is edema. It is an increase in fluid under the skin.
Edema can occur for many reasons:
• post surgery
• varicose veins or DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
• standing or sitting for long periods of time
Lymphedema is not the same as edema, although it doesn’t look any different from the outside. Lymphedema is a swelling caused by fluid build-up, usually in the extremities, from impaired flow of the lymphatic system. In short, the lymphatic system is a network of specialized vessels located throughout the body. This system operates to remove “waste” from the surrounding tissues. When any of the lymph vessels are blocked or unable to carry fluid, it builds up and swelling results. Lymphedema can occur after surgery when part of the lymphatic system is blocked or damaged. The most common cause is from cancer surgery and radiation.
If you are suffering from any type of swelling, compression garments can help relieve the uncomfortable feeling that swelling causes. The compression in the garment puts pressure on the vessels, causing them to narrow. When any liquid is forced into a narrow path, it will move faster and more effectively. Narrowing the pathway also prevents the fluids from flowing backwards which also causes swelling. Finding the right compression for your condition is key in safely keeping the fluids in the affected area moving.
Compression garments are comfortable and an easy solution for you to accommodate your lifestyle and wardrobe. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy the activities you love without being annoyed by uncomfortable swelling. Call today to be fitted for your compression garment. 303-877-4282.