The Solaris Tribute
The Solaris Tribute is a lymphedema garment that can also be used to treat lipedema, chronic venous insufficiency and other chronic edemas.
The Solaris Tribute is a custom-made bi-directional quilted compression garment with sewn channels that are filled with medical grade chip foam. What does this mean to you?
As a bi-directional flow garment, the Tribute channels lymph fluid away from the area of the lymphatic system that has suffered damage and guides the fluid toward alternate drainage routes called collateral pathways. The sewn channels lead away from the damaged area. The sewn channels are filled with medical grade chips of foam of varying densities. The foam chips nestle into the skin to address the skin thickening that accompanies chronic swelling.
This skin thickening is the result of the retention of proteins and other cellular debris trapped in the swollen area. When the swelling feels doughy and retains the impression of anything that presses into it, this is due to the buildup of proteins which cling to the water molecules.
The medical grade chip foam sewn into the Tribute garment creates high and low pressure points which begin to gently break down the protein while at the same time providing subtle tissue stretch and release of the skin. This subtle stretch and release of the tissue, which happens passively while you wear the garment as you sleep at night, mimics the action of manual lymph drainage, the massage technique which stimulates the lymphatic system to take up more fluid and process it. So, while the skin thickening is being broken down to smaller particles the lymph system is stimulated to process more fluid; these two actions together flush the proteins and fluid away from the congested area. This protein-rich fluid will then move on to functional lymph nodes which can break it down further.
The Solaris Tribute affects swelling in a much different way than simple compression garments. Simple compression garments simply increase the pressure on the circulatory system, inhibiting the production of interstitial fluid and encouraging the uptake of the lymph fluid. This has little effect on the protein content of the fluid and does not directly stimulate and open up the lymph system. The compression gradient of a simple compression garment is in one direction only, from distal to proximal, from the part of the limb furthest from the trunk to the part of the limb closest to the trunk. With the Solaris Tribute lymphedema garment the fluid is moved not only toward the trunk but toward the side of the body where healthy lymphatics can take up the excess fluid. This creates bi–directional gradient compression. In other words, the Solaris Tribute provides a full lymphedema treatment while you sleep. The treatment consists of massage and compression and results in a softer, less swollen limb. It is effective in the treatment of lymphedema, lipedema and mixed edemas such as the lymphedema which can accompany chronic venous insufficiency.
As a custom-made garment, the Solaris Tribute is manufactured to the exact measurements needed to fit your swollen area. A Tribute can be made to fit and treat any part of the body where swelling is a problem.
For more information about the full line of lymphedema care products made by Solaris and available in Canada, please visit our website at www.LymphedemaDepot.Com.
John Mulligan, RMT/CLT-LANA
Clinical Specialist/Lymphedema Depot