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Upper lib lymphoedema

Generally a result of axillary lymphadenectomy, sometimes followed by radiotherapy, performed with the intent of removing mammary neoplasias of breast cancer. Epidemiological data shows that, depending on the studies, upper limb lymphoedemas occur in 6-40% of women undergoing breast surgery and axillary lymphadenectomy (with or without radiotherapy). Lymphoedema may occur with a very brief latent stage, just a few days, or after a very long latent stage and even decades after the operation. Early prevention and treatment are important means for avoiding the complications of prolonged and untreated lymph stasis. Lymphangitis, usually complicated by bacterial infections of the lymphoedematous limb, is the most frequent and often recurrent complication. The lymphoedema progressing even slowly in this way, is able to further reduce the quality of life of women who have undergone breast surgery. Prevention can be achieved by knowing the problem and by applying a few hygiene-behavioral measures. Lymphoedema therapy in early stages is based on implementing a personalized program of physical therapy: physiotherapy, manual lymphatic drainage. Once the upper limb is decongested, this decongested maintenance phase is entrusted to daily use of a therapeutic elastic-retaining sleeve.

Compression therapy of lymphoedema

Compression therapy of lymphoedema takes place in three phases:

  1. Reduce the edema in order to eliminate its “mobile”, and easily eliminated, fluid part.  This is generally done with bandages assisted by lymphodrainage of the lymph node sites, drug therapy and gymnastics.
  2. Maintenance of results, preventing more fluid from accumulating and increasing, with time, fibrosis.  This is achieved using elastic stockings, manual lymphatic drainage, pressotherapy and gymnastics.
  3. Unfortunately lymphoedema is a disease for which there is no cure.  However it can be controlled:  after attack therapies the lymphoedema at the upper limbs is kept under control using elastic compression armband and by complying with a few behavioral rules.

Elastic compression by therapeutic elastic supports are the most effective means for containing and stabilizing both primary/idiopathic and secondary lymphoedema.
Solidea presents elastic compression armbands dedicated to curing lymphoedema and maintaining the results achieved by reducing treatments.

  • The Solidea ARM CARE armband comes in CCL.1 15/18 mmHg (recommended in cases of reversible lymphoedema) and CCL.2 25/32 mmHg (recommended in cases of irreversible lymphoedema).
  • SILVER WAVE SLIMMING SLEEVES, sleeves made of micromassaging fabric with 15/18 mmHg graduated compression, particularly suitable for eliminating excess fluids and giving tone back to arm tissues.
  • This product range is completed by the MICROMASSAGE GAUNTLET CCL. 2 with 25/32 mmHg compression. This is a hand support that can be worn by itself or in combination with the elastic compression armband.