|Frequently asked questions
Will lymphedema ever go away?
If it is diagnosed early, lymphedema can be managed through proper treatment, quality compression garments, and good skin care. That is why prevention is the key.
Where do I find an MLD Therapist?
Many hospitals have trained MLD therapists in their physical and occupational therapy department or outpatient rehabilitation centers. Lymphedema organizations also list MLD therapists on their web sites.
Where can I buy compression garments?
Compression garments are sold at medical supply stores and some pharmacies. Measurements are taken by a certified fitter to ensure garments fit properly.
Will my insurance pay for compression garments?
That depends on what type of insurance you have and what state you live in. Call your insurance company to verify coverage.
How do I care for my compression garments?
Daily washing with a mild detergent is recommended to maximize therapeutic effectiveness. Do not use fabric softeners, chlorine or bleach which may damage your garment. Refer to the manufacturer's care instructions.
How do i put compression garments on?
Wearing rubber gloves is recommended to protect your garments from fingernail and jewelry snags. There are also numerous assistive devices that make putting on and taking off garments easy and comfortable. Ask your certified fitter for a demonstration of these devices.