Posts Tagged ‘nightwear compression garments’

Lymphedema Depot: A Cool Tribute

July 13, 2010
 Now that we are well into summer, many of us are feeling the heat and humidity. In some areas even the nights have been unpleasantly warm and humid. Since we know that heat and humidity aggravates lymphedema and can cause the swelling to increase, how can you cope with wearing a bulky nighttime garment to help control your swelling? We know that the Tribute is breathable, moisture wicking and cooling to wear, but the hot summertime can be extreme!

This tip for wearing the custom-made Tribute nighttime bi-directional quilted compression garment comes to us from Texas where it has been known to get hot, via Solaris, the U.S. manufacturer of the Tribute. 

So how do they keep cool in Texas? They put their Solaris Tribute into a plastic bag, seal it, and place it in the refrigerator (not the freezer!) in the morning. Then they take it out at night and put it on to wear overnight. Reportedly, the Tribute stays cool and comfortable all night. That’s one way to beat the heat!

For more information about the Solaris Tribute and our other lymphedema care products, visit our website at


Lymphedema Depot’s May Newsletter is Out!

May 19, 2010

Yesterday we distributed our e-newsletter to our e-mail list of therapists, customers, fitters, doctors and many others. Our e-newsletter is informative without being overwhelming and offers timely information about lymphedema care and things that are happening to improve it in Canada. This is an exciting time for lymphedema care in Canada, and our short but great e-newsletters are an easy way to keep up with the changes.

If you would like to receive our newsletters as they come out every six weeks or so, you can visit our website at, and click on the “Extra! Extra!” logo and sign up!

Lymphedema Symposium in Alberta

April 27, 2010

The Alberta Lymphedema Association is holding their 2010 Education Symposium on May 17th, at the Clara Christie Theatre Foothills Hospital, Health Sciences Centre, in Calgary. The symposium features a presentation by Dr. Andrea Cheville  of the Mayo Clinic and Pierre-Yves von der Weid, PhD , a researcher at the university of Calgary. There will be presentations geared to medical professionals who provide lymphedema care, lymphedema patients and physicians. There is no charge for this event. To find out more about this Symposium please visit the Alberta Lymphedema Association website at

The Versatile Lymphedema Sleeve: Caresia

April 22, 2010

The possibilities of the Caresia Bandage Liner are sometimes overlooked. Designed to replace several layers of a multi-layer lymphedema bandage, the Caresia Bandage Liner is a versatile therapeutic tool that can be used in the intensive phase of lymphedema therapy to improve outcomes, save money and shorten the course of treatment; it can also be used as a longer-term lymphedema management garment.

The Caresia Bandage Liner is a directional flow garment with quilted channels guiding the excess fluid away from the swollen area. The directional channels are filled with medical grade chipped foam that creates localized tissue stretch to stimulate the lymphatics, creating improved lymph flow through the limb.

The increased lymph flow and the massaging action of the foam chips also helps to gradually reduce fibrosis, that thickening of tissue that accompanies chronic edema.

The needed compression usually comes from the application of short-stretch bandaging over the Caresia unit. Since the Caresia does provide some gradient compression, less short stretch bandages are usually needed to achieve proper compression, saving both money and time for the patient. Because of the directional flow and chipped foam elements of this sleeve, the intensive phase of treatment may also be shorter, another savings to the health system and the patient.

When the intensive phase of lymphedema therapy is over, the management phase begins. Multi-layer lymphedema bandaging no longer needs to be worn during the day; it is replaced by a compression sleeve. However, nighttime bandaging must be continued. The Caresia sleeve can be worn with one or two rolls of short-stretch bandaging for a quick and easy nighttime garment. The Caresia is comfortable because the foam layer disperses the pressure of the bandaging, and less bandaging is needed. If a smaller sleeve is chosen for a closer fit, then the Caresia Outer Jacket  can be worn over it for extra compression and no bandaging is needed!

The Caresia Bandage Liner is much less expensive than our custom-made Tribute directional flow sleeve. However, it is very useful in control of lymphedema and is a great low-cost alternative, especially for the control of milder edemas. Consult your therapist or fitter to see what the best choice is for you.

To learn more about the Caresia visit our website at


Lymphedema Compression Garment and More: The Solaris Tribute

April 8, 2010

Lymphedema compression garments are a necessary fact of life if you want to manage your lymphedema.  

Another fact of life when managing lymphedema is the issue of nighttime bandaging.  It is usually recommended for lymphedema patients to wear a compression garment during the daytime hours and then to apply multi-layer lymphedema bandaging to the affected limb for the nighttime.  This bandaging is to be worn all night while the patient sleeps. This is an essential component of lymphedema management for all but the mildest cases of lymphedema.

As a lymphedema therapist for the past twelve years I have seen patients struggle with the issue of nighttime bandaging. The bandaging technique is difficult to master and can make the lymphedema worse if it is not done properly.  As a therapist, I started using the Solaris Tribute quilted compression garments for my lymphedema patients because Tribute is  effective and comfortable.  When presented with a Solaris Tribute garment the patient, in my experience, is pleased  when they try it on for the first time. I have even had patients say “It feels like a hug!” Sadly, they are not accustomed to a compression garment that is so comfortable.

My experience as a therapist is what led me into the business of making Solaris Tribute garments available in Canada. I believe there is a tremendous need for the Solaris Tribute directional-flow compression garments in Canada. These products have the power to change lives and are a valuable tool in the difficult process of lymphedema self-management.

Welcome to Spring!

March 22, 2010

At last, the first day of spring! It’s great to get winter behind us. Happy Spring, everybody!

Spring is being celebrated by many of our friends and colleagues in Brighton in the UK as they attend the 2nd International Lymphoedema Framework Conference. This is a very full conference with great leading-edge speakers from the world of lymphedema care. The home page boasts “60 Keynote Speakers From 20  Countries.”  You can learn more about this important event by visiting

Of course, we at Lymphedema Depot are celebrating spring by offering our spring discount coupon, seen here:

We are also planning for the busy months ahead, anticipating a very busy spring/summer/fall. if you would like to sign up for our newsletter, visit our website and click on the “Extra!Extra!” icon.  This way you can keep up with where we’re going to be and new offers as they become available.

Enjoy your spring!

Back from BC

March 10, 2010

We’re back from our trip to beautiful BC! Since we are Ontario-based, this was a trip into springtime for us. We hosted an open house in Victoria and visited with some great businesses in Vancouver. We were also able to attend and show our products at the British Columbia Lymphedema Association’s (BCLA) Lymphedema Awareness Day event.  This event was the first of its kind in Canada as the BCLA took this opportunity to honour patients who live with lymphedema. This recognition honours their struggle and their fortitude. Hopefully the BCLA will make this an annual event.

We want to thank everyone who made time to see us, who came to the open house in Victoria, or attended the BCLA Lymphedema Awareness Day event in Burnaby. We really enjoyed the chance to meet with so many patients, therapists, fitter and retailers who are involved in lymphedema care.  We hope to see you again next year!

Downloadable Posters for Burnaby, Victoria Lymphedema Events

February 22, 2010

We are pleased to help spread the word that the British Columbia Lymphedema Association  (BCLA, will be holding its first Lymphedema Awareness Day Event on Saturday, March 6, 2010 in Burnaby, B.C.   Please visit the BCLA website to learn more and to register for this event (there is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is requested).  If you would like to print a small flyer to post in your clinic or community, please click on the link, below.  This event is open to the public – anyone with an interest in lymphedema is welcome to attend.

Lymphedema Depot is proud to support this BCLA event by attending as an exhibitor, and will be on hand to display and demonstrate the full line of Solaris premium medical compression garments for the treatment of lymphedema and other chronic edemas. 

While we are in the area we will also host an open house in Victoria on Friday, March 5th for patients, therapists, fitters and other interested parties who cannot make the Saturday event on the mainland.  For more details on these events, please give us a call or an email, visit our website ( or click the links, below, to download and print a small flyer for your clinic. 

Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you at one of these events.

Burnaby, BC – March 6

BCLA British Columbia Lymphedema Association – Lymphedema Awareness Day Event March 6


Burnaby, BC – March 6

Lymphedema Depot – Solaris product display & demonstration at BCLA Event


Victoria, BC – March 5

Lymphedema Depot – Solaris product Open House at Emily Carr Branch of Victoria Public Library


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Lymphedema Awareness Day Part 2

February 8, 2010

Lymphedema Depot is Going to Victoria BC!

As part of our West Coast trip in observance of Lymphedema Awareness Day, on March 5, 2010, Lymphedema Depot will present an open house in Victoria, BC, on Vancouver Island. The purpose of the trip is to meet with fitters, therapists and other healthcare professionals as well as patients, to show the state-of-the-art compression devices manufactured by Solaris Inc. and distributed in Canada by Lymphedema Depot. John Mulligan, RMT/CLT-LANA , Lymphedema Depot’s Clinical Specialist, will be on hand to provide information, answer questions and perform demonstrations of the Solaris products. This event is free of charge.

When: Friday, March 5, 2010

Where:  The Emily Carr Branch of the Greater Victoria Library , 3500 Blanshard Street, Victoria
Telephone: 250-475-6100

Time:   12:30 to 5:30 pm

Style: Open House, Product Presentation

Who is invited: Fitters, Therapists, Medical Professionals, Lymphedema Patients and patients suffering from other forms of chronic edema.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Lymphedema Awareness Day Events Part 1

February 7, 2010

Lymphedema Depot is going to visit the West Coast in early March, and we’re bringing Solaris products with us.

The British Columbia Lymphedema Association is hosting their first Lymphedema Awareness Day event on Saturday March 6 in Burnaby, BC, near Vancouver. Registration starts at 8:30 and the event runs until 12:00 noon. They have a number of interesting topics, fascinating guest speakers and an array of the best in available lymphedema products. Lymphedema Depot, the exclusive Canadian distributor of the Solaris line of medical compression garments for the management of lymphatic, venous and other edemas, will be there with a display table. You will be able to experience the Solaris Tribute, Caresia, Swell Spots and ReadyWrap first hand and see why these are the premier compression products available today. We’ll also be present to say hello and answer questions and to discover from you how we can best serve the British Columbia lymphedema community.

For more information about this event visit the BCLA web site at and click on the Event Calendar button at left. The event is free, but registration is required and can be done online or by calling 1-866-991-BCLA.

To learn more about Solaris products in Canada visit our website at

We look forward to seeing you there!