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Oedema & Lymphoedema Treatment

Help your patients stay fully engaged in daily activities and enjoy their quality of life with science-based compression therapy and skin integrity solutions.


Help your patients improve their mobility with oedema and lymphoedema treatment

  • Lymphoedema and chronic oedema 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 often causes pain and discomfort, affecting mobility and appearance, and can negatively impact a patient’s mental health, further affecting their quality of life.

    Our goal is to apply science to help alleviate problems associated with abnormal swelling and enable patients to lead more active lives. Compression therapy is widely accepted as an effective component of lymphoedema and chronic oedema treatment.

Managing oedema and lymphoedema: The four components of Complex Decongestive Therapy

Complex decongestive therapy (CDT) involves a combination of treatment approaches for managing oedema and lymphoedema, including skin care, manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy and exercise. The main goals of the therapy are listed below.

  • Nurse caring for a patient’s lower leg extremity.
    Skin care

    Skin care is essential to patient vitality and critical for good health. Good skin care can help prevent deterioration and ulceration, which is why it’s important to encourage patients to take an active role in their own care.

  • Massage therapist applying massage techniques to a patient’s lower leg
    Manual lymphatic drainage

    As part of a lymphoedema treatment regimen to reduce swelling, this gentle, non-invasive manual massaging technique encourages the natural drainage of the lymph.1,2

  • Nurse applying compression therapy to a patient’s lower leg
    Compression therapy

    Compression bandaging is a cornerstone of CDT. It is essential to reduce volume to enable the patient to move into compression hosiery. Ideal compression incorporates inelastic and elastic components, allows for full functionality and movement, is easy to apply and adapt to a range of limb sizes and shapes, is durable and non-allergenic, and is comfortable for the patient.

  • Patient wearing compression therapy on arm while exercising.

    Exercise is vital for overall and lymphatic health as well as mental well-being. The type of exercises you encourage your patients to perform depends on their current physical activity level, age, personality, and their oedema.

3M solutions for managing oedema and lymphoedema

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    Provide therapeutic compression

      The 3M™ Coban™ 2 Two-Layer Compression System incorporates innovative methods and patented materials to provide comfortable, sustained compression that improves lymphatic flow to reduce lymphoedema. Results of a multi-centre, prospective, open label, randomised controlled study showed that Coban 2 Compression System renewed twice weekly is effective to reduce lymphoedema.8

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    For lower extremities

    3M™ Coban™ 2 Two-Layer Compression System
    3M™ Coban™ 2 Two-Layer Compression Systems (identified by bright purple package colour) are engineered to create a conformable, inelastic sleeve that stays in place, is comfortable to wear and proven to support the patient’s functional activities to reduce lymphoedema.

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    For upper extremities and toes

    3M™ Coban™ 2 Lite Two-Layer Compression System
    3M™ Coban™ 2 Lite Two-Layer Compression System materials (identified by bright green package colour) are designed to provide short stretch inelasticity with reduced sub-bandage resting pressures. They are recommended for upper extremities, fingers and toes – all with smaller diameters.

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    Protect the skin

    For patients with lymphoedema, maintenance of skin integrity with careful management of skin problems is important to minimise the risk of infection.11

  • 3M™ Cavilon™ Durable Barrier Cream being applied to a patient
    For the prevention of skin breakdown and for moisturising intact skin.

    3M™ Cavilon™ Durable Barrier Cream
    This unique, concentrated moisturising barrier cream formulated with 3M polymers provides durable, long-lasting moisture barrier protection while moisturising the skin.

  • 3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film being applied to a patient
    For routine protection in low risk patients.

    3M™ Cavilon™ No Sting Barrier Film
    Cavilon No Sting Barrier Film provides a gentle way to protect skin from body fluids, adhesives and friction. The alcohol-free barrier film applies without stinging, and forms a breathable, transparent film for long-lasting protection.

  • Nurse applying Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant on patient's skin
    For managing moderate to severe skin damage or protecting intact skin in higher risk patients.

    3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant
    Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant is a highly durable, ultra-thin barrier that attaches to wet, weepy skin6 and lasts up to seven days,6 creating a protective environment that repels irritants and supports healing.

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Lowering the total cost of care for oedema and lymphoedema treatment

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      In a randomised controlled trial, the total cost of care per patient of Coban 2 Compression System’s twice-weekly application was shown to be significantly less than that of the competing brand studied.9 In fact, for both arm lymphoedema and leg lymphoedema, the Coban 2 Compression system was shown to require less than half the nursing time and materials.3

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Application and removal guides for 3M™ Coban™ 2 Two-Layer Compression System

View or download the following resource guides to get step-by-step instructions on how to apply compression therapy for a variety of patients using the Coban 2 Compression System.

Oedema and lymphoedema information for your patients
  • Patient wearing a compression bandage on his leg

    Studies show that less than half of patients wear their compression bandages.1,2 Most often, patients remove their bandages due to pain and/or slippage, which interferes with their daily activities. Patients need to understand the importance of remaining concordant with their compression therapy.

    If a patient experiences any of the following signs and symptoms while wearing compression, they should contact their healthcare provider right away:

    • Pain or excessive tightness
    • Tingling or numbness
    • Blue or white fingers or toes
    • Excessive itching or rashes

    Once the patient has gone through a reduction phase to reduce swelling, they can move into compression hosiery, including arm sleeves, gloves, trunk compression, stockings, socks, tights or other options depending on the patient’s condition and tolerance.

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  2. Glover D. Best Practice for the Management of Lymphoedema - 2nd edition: Compression Therapy: A position document on compression bandaging. International Lymphoedema Framework. 2012
  3. Moffatt C, Edwards L, Collier M, et al. A randomized controlled 8-week crossover clinical evaluation of the 3M™ Coban™ 2 Layer Compression System versus Profore™ to evaluate product performance in patients with venous leg ulcers. Int Wound J. 2008; 5(2); 267–279
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  10. Lymphoedema Framework. Best Practice for the Management of Lymphoedema. International Consensus. London: MEP Ltd. 2006.