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  • Fitted for Life - The Lymphedema Journey - Everyday life with Lymphedema

    The Lymphedema Journey:

    Diagnosis

    While diagnosing lymphedema continues to be difficult since there are no specific tests, healthcare professionals are learning more and more about this disease everyday.

    However, 50% of patients currently living with lymphedema remain undiagnosed, or incorrectly diagnosed.

    Empowering you

    At BSN medical, we believe in empowering you, the patient throughout your lymphedema Journey, at all stages of treatment – from diagnosis, to decongestion, and throughout long-term maintenance. How do we do this? By providing you a variety of therapy options to fit your needs, preferences, and lifestyle.

  • Fitted for Life - The Lymphedema Journey - Everyday life with Lymphedema

    The Lymphedema Journey:

    The hurdles of lymphedema - You can conquer them!

    We know that there are some common challenges patients experience throughout their Lymphedema Journeys.  From helping to improve diagnosis, to stabilizing the edema, to maintaining and protecting it, to long-term compliance, we support patients every step of the way.

    Diagnosis
    We know that diagnosis lymphedema is still sometimes difficult. Some of the hurdles seen by many patients are:

    Key challenges                                                                        What you can do:  
    • Extended diagnosis process. With few lymphedema experts, it can take a while for you to find someone that can properly diagnose your condition. And, while you're going from doctor to doctor, you're missing out on valuable treatment time that is essential to delaying the progression of lymphedema.
  • Fitted for Life - The Lymphedema Journey - Everyday life with Lymphedema

    The Lymphedema Journey:

    Key challenges and solutions across the Journey

    Decongestion
    Reducing the edema and maintaining proper skin health can be difficult. Hurdles you may encounter here include:

     

    Key challenges                                          What you can do:
     
    • Swelling that changes daily. Lymphedema can vary throughout the day requiring different tools to manage.
    • Dry, itchy skin that can sometimes be uncomfortable and annoying.
    • Difficult to don garments:
      Asking for help when donning compression garments isn't easy, and taking the time away from what really matters....your life....can be frusttrating.

     

     
    • Check out BSN medical's wide range of adjustable garments. JOBST® FarrowWrap Lite is a great solution because you can tailor the level of compression based on your needs at that specific time. With easy-to-use adjustable bands, it is simple to don and comfortable to wear.
    • Utilizing skin and wound care products, such Cutimed® Acute as, may help ease your dry, itchy skin.
    • Try out one of JOBST's donning devices for greater independence and ease with donning your garments.
     
  • Fitted for Life - The Lymphedema Journey - Everyday life with Lymphedema

    The Lymphedema Journey:

    Key challenges and solutions across the Journey

    Maintenance
    Maintaining your decreased limb takes effort. You may experience some of the following hurdles:

     

    Key challenges      What you can do:
     
    • Uncomfortable garments that don’t feel like a good fit and get in the way of daily activities
    • Garments that feel hot and itchy, which can lead to discomfort and skin irritation – this can be especially frustrating in the summer
     
     
    • Since lymphedema is different from patient to patient, you need individualized products to help you manage throughout your life. Limb sizes and shapes vary greatly. You may have sensitive skin, while another patient has wounds. BSN medical provides highly customizable products to support you on your journey. JOBST® Elvarex Plus was designed to fit unique body shapes and provide greater comfort, while maintaining medical efficacy.
    • Live your life to the fullest without restrictions with JOBST® garments knitted with unique Functional Zones in high mobility areas such as the knee and elbow. Improved comfort equals improved quality of life!
    • Help manage dry, itchy skin with Cutimed® Acute. Healthy skin allows for more comfort when wearing garments, and decreased chance of infection.
     
  • Fitted for Life - The Lymphedema Journey - Everyday life with Lymphedema

    The Lymphedema Journey:

    Patient Case:

    CONDITION: Lymphedema following cancer.
    Sally developed lymphedema in 2010, 28 years after lymph node removal due to breast cancer.

    DIAGNOSIS: Wrongfully diagnosed.
    Sally attended physical therapy and bandaged her arm daily, which caused limited mobility due to the bulkiness. Also frustrating was the fact that the edema came back time and time again when the bandages were removed. Sally had little motivation to continue therapy.

    DECONGESTION:
    Sally's stubborn swelling would return within 15 minutes of removing her armsleeve. However, cooking and making coffee are difficult when wearing her garments. Frustrating!

    MAINTENANCE:
    Although Sally tries to be compliant, she is frustrated because even simple tasks feel difficult with her garment. She struggles with cooking, because her garment gets tight and pinches in uncomfortable areas (e.g. her inner elbow). If she removes her garment for even 15 minutes, her Lymphedema will return

  • Fitted for Life - The Lymphedema Journey - Everyday life with Lymphedema

    The Lymphedema Journey:

    ... Which is why our therapy approach corresponds to their needs

    Condition & Diagnosis:
    To help patients like Sally navigate and get a good understanding of their condition and diagnosis, sites like the Lymphedema Education and Research Network (LE&RN) and the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) are great resources for information and personal support.

    Decongestion:
    We provide the Gold Standard in decongestion therapy with our short-stretch bandaging solutions (Comprilan®). We also offer a variety of skin care products (Cutimed® Acute) for irritated skin, to support patients as they safely reduce their edema.

    Maintenance:
    To help patients compliancy over time, JOBST® Elvarex® with Functional Zones or the
    JOBST® Elvarex® Seamless line can provide a more comfortable, customized fit.  

  • Fitted for Life - The Lymphedema Journey - Everyday life with Lymphedema

    The Lymphedema Journey:

    Sally looks to her JOBST® Elvarex® compression garment to provide her much needed therapy:

    “My companion, my friend. It stays with me all day. It goes everywhere I go.”

    - Sally, North Carolina