We are often asked the question, what patients need a Solaris Tribute for lymphedema management? The short answer is that any patient who would benefit from night time bandaging will benefit from wearing a Solaris Tribute. Which lymphedema patients require night time bandaging? According to the International Consensus Document of the International Lymphoedema Framework, Best Practice for the Management of Lymphoedema, there are two types of lymphedema patients for whom nighttime bandaging is appropriate;
1. Patients who experience “creeping refill” when wearing only daytime garments, and
2. Patients with localised tissue thickening, also known as induration or fibrosis. This is the skin that takes an impression when pressed and feels “doughy.”
We also know that if a patient has swelling related to lymphedema that fluctuates a lot, or is worse at some times more than others, they could benefit from a nighttime garment.
If the patient needs a custom compression sleeve during the day, then they would benefit from wearing a custom compression garment at night as well.
In fact, it seems clear that any lymphedema patient who wants to effectively manage their lymphedema and minimise their swelling would want to wear a custom nighttime garment to increase the effectiveness of their management techniques. Patients are careful to take good care of themselves during the day by wearing their daytime compression garment, doing their exercises, receiving treatments as needed and otherwise caring for their swelling. Wouldn’t they also want to manage their lymphedema while they sleep?
What are the benefits of wearing a Solaris Tribute custom therapeutic garment while you sleep? The foam chips work together with the high-performance fabric and the quilted channels of the garment to keep your limb soft and to encourage fluid movement away from saturated areas, all night long, as you sleep. The result is that, when the morning comes, your edematous limb has not increased in size overnight and may even have grown smaller! It is softer and more comfortable. It is easier to put on your daytime compression garment as a result. The daytime compression garment may also be more comfortable throughout the day because there should be less fluctuation of swelling throughout the day.
The Solaris Tribute can make life so much easier for lymphedema patients, that we feel that everyone with lymphedema should have access to it. We have dedicated ourselves to the goal of making this custom therapeutic lymphedema garment available to every lymphedema patient in Canada. You can learn more about the Solaris Tribute here: http://lymphedemadepot.com/blog/?p=191.
You can learn more about the Tribute and other Solaris therapeutic products for lymphatic and venous edemas as well as lipedema, traumatic edema and chronic swelling by visitng our website at www.LymphedemaDepot.com.