Plans of action for the control of undesirable lymphedema and other venous insufficiency conditions typically involve the use of medical grade compression wear. These carefully engineered products apply firm, consistent compression to affected tissues, which helps to coax lymph fluid out of delicate tissues and back into the circulation where it belongs. This helps reduce pain, discomfort and swelling associated with lymphedema.
Modern medical compression garments and items are important aspects of your care. But for maximum effectiveness, they must be worn consistently and appropriately, as directed by your healthcare professional. Given that some people live alone, and cannot rely on the ready assistance of someone else when it comes time to put on (don) and take off (doff) their compression wear items, manufacturers have developed some ingenious devices to facilitate the donning/doffing process.
Among these are plastic and nylon donning and doffing aids. Leading lymphedema wear manufacturer, Juzo, for example, offers a variety of arm and footwear devices designed to streamline the donning/doffing process so anyone can make use of their compression wear with relative ease, even in the absence of any assistance.
Examples include the Arm Sleeve Slippie, from Juzo. This handy device is made from Tyvek®, a high-density polyethylene flashspun material that's often seen sheathing new buildings during construction. This sturdy modern material is used in home building because it's waterproof and difficult to tear, but it allows water vapor to pass through. Customers report that this device makes putting on compression sleeves a cinch.
Or consider the Magnide, from Arion. Made of tough, durable, yet low-friction material, this device makes donning closed-toe stockings much easier. At least one satisfied customer has hailed this device as a "lifesaver" that makes donning and doffing far easier, when combined with donning gloves.
Other offerings in this category include the EZY-AS. This compact, lightweight, single-piece device can be used to facilitate donning/doffing of arm sleeves or stockings alike. It's considered especially useful for donning and doffing over top of bandages. It helps the user slide on the appropriate compression wear item without disturbing dressings or sensitive, fragile skin. Fans report that it greatly improves the donning/doffing process.