A medical compression garment can assist in the body’s healing process and improve procedure results, post-operatively. Benefits and Risks Associated With Wearing Proper Compression As Directed The benefits of proper compression on the subdermal layers can reduce the risk of seromas, lymphedema, hematomas, and skin unevenness.
• reduces fluid buildup in subdermal surgical lipectomy area
• increases blood circulation
• promotes proper skin adhesion to newly contoured areas
• holds surgical dressings in place until removed
The Essential Features of A Medical Compression Garment A quality compression garment will apply constant and consistent compression from all angles over a prolonged period of time to provide support to the entire surgical region without sacrificing a patient’s comfort. Fabric selection and quality construction are important in producing the proper level of compression in a garment. Also, with recommended wear schedule of up to 23 hours a day, it is imperative that a compression garment be designed with comfort and durability in mind. Patient compliance can be directly tied to the comfort and proper fit of a compression garment. Accurate Compression Compression disperses fluid accumulation, associated with the body’s natural healing process, away from the surgical site to allow the dermal layer to adhere to the body’s new contours and assist in skin retraction. Fabric Quality Fabric selected for a compression garment should be strong and durable with the ability to allocate pressure to the body in all directions. Also, it should easily recover to its original shape after periods of extreme stress caused by constant wear. Because a compression garment is worn for the better part of 24 hours each day, the fabric needs the ability to breathe. Furthermore, the fabric should not contain agents that can cause an allergic response. For these reasons, a textile called powernet has been the accepted industry standard for over 30 years. Characteristics of Powernet Powernet consists of a flexible, open hexagonal, net construction, which is specifically developed for strength and to apply pressure both vertically and horizontally resulting in four-way, even compression. Because compression is exerted at the points of the hexagon in the knit, pressure distributes evenly throughout a garment made from powernet. Powernet Durability – Due to its construction, powernet can withstand a great deal of stress over a long period of time without losing its original shape, a concept known as memory. Memory is vital to a compression garment’s ability to retain its consistent and constant compressive properties. The hexagonal unit provides powernet with the ability to retain a garment’s integrity after being cut or pierced, a necessary feature as holes are often made in a garment to accommodate drain or intravenous tubes. Additionally, powernet is a wash and wear fabric that makes laundering an easy task. Powernet Hygienic Properties – Powernet is made of a proprietary blend of spandex and nylon that makes for a lightweight, breathable garment that wicks moisture away from the body, and is inherently microbe resistant. The hexagon unit in powernet, when stretched over a body, will open to accommodate airflow making the fabric breathable. Of particular importance is that powernet fabric is 100% latex and rubber free, assuring doctors and patients alike that there is no risk of deadly allergic reactions. Natural Fiber Fabric Fabrics made from natural fibers, such as 100% cotton, should be used minimally in compression garments. Cotton should never fully line a medical compression garment. However, cotton can provide soft, soothing comfort during the healing process. After some procedures, it is common to have open incisions that release excess fluid, commonly referred to as drainage. Cotton will absorb excess drainage fluid and can harbor bacteria, so there is a possibility that infection may occur. When using cotton in a medical compression garment, it is ideal to locate the fabric only around incision sites that are not exposed to open drainage from the body.