National Lymphedema Network (NLN) : www.lymphnet.org
- Therapist directory coming soon, however they accept email requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NLN Conference
Lymphology Association of North America (LANA): www.clt‐lana.org
- Tab - "find a therapist"
- Academy of Lymphatic Studies (ACOLS) https://www.acols.com/
- International Lymphedema and Wound Training Institute (ILWTI) https://www.ilwti.com/
- Klose Training https://klosetraining.com/
- Norton School https://www.nortonschool.com/
- Monarch https://www.ilwti.com/
Different Fabrics for Different Applications Often, I hear from people who think that the only acceptable fabric for post-surgical recovery is a natural fabric, primarily cotton. Depending on the patient’s situation, other fabric choices can be more comfortable and actually speed recovery. Identifying fabric is important. More important is the comparison of fabrics. This makes us know the true quality of a fabric by differentiating it from its substitutes.
This table shows the comparison of the characteristics of a few fabrics. For example, water retention is very high in cotton and the lowest in polypropylene. Same with the drying time taken, a very long time for cotton and vice versa for poly- propylene. Cotton and wool shrinks more than polyester and nylon.
Cotton Wool Polyester Polypropylene Nylon Water Retention High High Low Lowest Medium Drying Time Long Long Short Shortest Short Heat Conduction (Wet) High Low Low Low Medium Comfort Level (Dry) High Medium High Medium Medium Shrinkage High High Low High Low Durability Medium Medium High Medium High Nylon Very strong, resistant to both abrasion chemicals. It is elastic, easy to wash and is quite lustrous. It returns easily to it’s original shape and is non-absorbent. It is fast drying,. Women’s hosiery, knitted or woven lingerie, socks and sweaters. Cotton Cloth made of cotton is more comfortable, durable and suitable to resist all kinds of weather. The comfort quality of the cotton is due to its twisted or coiled shape. It traps air within the fabric structure and helps for a thermal insulation process, resulting protection from heat in summer and cold in winter. T shirts and all types of underwear Polyester It is lightweight, strong and resistant to creasing, shrinking, stretching, mildew and abrasion. It is readily washable and is not damaged by sunlight or weather and is resistant to moths and mildew. It is a major component of microfiber. Vary, depending on blend. Spandex It is lightweight and flexible. It resists deterioration from perspiration, detergent and body oils. It is characterized by it¹s strength and durability. Athletic wear and foundation garments.
Examples Where Fabric Content Makes A Difference
The Dawn Post-Surgical Camisole by Wear Ease is designed to be worn home from the hospital after breast or chest surgery. It is made of cotton/spandex jersey. Cotton is chosen for comfort, and the 8% spandex also adds to the level of comfort and facilitates donning and fitting. The Compression Bra is constructed of a special powernet, Naturexx (83% nylon 17% spandex) designed and developed specifically for compression.
Women who plan to have any type of breast or chest surgery procedure
Women who plan to have any type of breast or chest surgery or procedure will benefit from wearing a post-surgical bra. Post-surgery bras are an important step in the healing process. The chest area is stabilized and kept free from infection. Scaring and swelling are reduced with compression, and drain tubes are accommodated.
After A Mastectomy (breast cancer surgery)
Breast cancer is the leading type of cancer among women in the United States. Based on the National Cancer Institute’s cancer statistics report (2005-2007), 12% of women (or one out of eight) in the United States will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives.
After any type of mastectomy/breast cancer surgery a post-surgical bra will provide support and comfort for the remaining breast. The added drain tube pouches anchor and hold surgical drain tubes and bulbs in place providing additional comfort and convenience by eliminating pulling on the incision. And fiberfill breast forms restore shape (temporarily) without discomfort.
There is also a great deal of discussion about wearing compression bras right after surgery to help eliminate the incidence of lymphedema following breast cancer surgery.
The compression bra can benefit in the following ways:
- Minimizes Swelling
- Speeds Up the Healing Process
- Improves Blood Circulation
According to the National Cancer Institute, the overall incidence of upper extremity lymphedema can range from 8% to 56% two years following the surgery.
After Cosmetic or Reconstructive Procedures
This represents a growing number of medical patients. Last year the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported over half a million breast operations: including breast lifts, breast augmentations, reductions, and reconstructions. It can take from a few weeks to several months for these women to get back into normal looking bras.
After cosmetic surgery or reconstructive surgery, a woman’s bust line has changed and bras can provide both support and look great as well as enhance the breast augmentation healing process.
Added support prevents ongoing gravity affecting the shape and appearance of the breasts. The new implants act as a small (or large…) battering ram constantly putting pressure and stretch on the lower portion of the breast tissue and skin, and the breast tissue and skin will lose that fight every time. http://www.drmoliver.com/bras-after-breast-augmentation-houston
After Heart Surgery
According to my.clevelandclinic.org about one third of all (150,000 a year) coronary artery bypass surgeries (CABG) are performed on women. A front closure post-surgical bra will hold the breasts together and prevent the breasts from pulling on the incision. Normally, older women who are the majority of the candidates for heart surgery have heavier breasts. The surgery results in cutting all the muscles and tendons eliminating that support to the breasts. Wearing a post-surgical bra throughout the recovery period will reduce pulling on the scare tissue and pain in the scar area.