Lymphoedema and chronic edema are conditions characterised by swelling due to the build-up of lymph fluid in the tissues just under the skin. The swelling is most often seen in arms or legs, but not exclusively. It causes pain and discomfort, affecting mobility and appearance, and can negatively impact on patients' mental health, further affecting their quality of life.
Our goal is to apply science to alleviate such problems and enable patients to lead more mobile and vital lifestyles. Compression therapy is widely accepted as an effective component of lymphoedema and chronic oedema treatment.
Read our articles on the condition, get a greater insight into 3M™ Coban™ 2 Two-Layer Compression Systems, watch our educational videos, and browse our resources, solutions and support materials.
Lymphedema is an abnormal swelling in the tissues lasting longer than three months, which doesn’t completely reduce overnight or with elevation. Learn more about lymphedema treatment and the lymphatic system with our articles and videos.
Chronic oedema (also referred to as edema) is defined as abnormal swelling in the tissue which lasts longer than three months and does not completely reduce overnight or with elevation. Swelling in ankles, feet, legs, arms, hands but also the trunk and neck can have many causes but if left untreated can cause further complications, pain and discomfort to the patient.
3M have advanced the science of compression therapy to treat lymphedema by creating materials engineered to deliver comfortable, therapeutic compression. Find out how 3M™ Coban™ 2 Two-Layer Compression System effectively reduces oedema, supports healing, reduces wound size and leg pain.
As a general practitioner providing continuing medical care for patients in the community is key. Usually a patient's first point of contact will be their GP, either at the surgery, or in their own home or even in a care home. When diagnosing oedema and recommending the required treatment, a holistic approach has to be taken into consideration.
Empowering your patient to take care of their own health and oedema will increase their independence, self worth, quality of life as well as significantly reduce the risks associated with chronic oedema. Risks encompass skin breakdown, infection and increased swelling.