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  1. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by nmireles View Post
    Ok by everything you explained he definitely custom. By what you told me bring up a Farrow wrap with your therapist just to see what they say. These can be adjusted independently. Good luck with your search. Medical leg wear is not a specific brand most suppliers carry them good luck!

    This is a late follow-up but my Dad did try the Farrow wrap and they are fantastic! This is the best solution we have found for my Dad. They are perfect for people who have fluctuating edema - some days bad, some days better. And they are the best solution we have found if you are tall like my Dad but have very narrow calves due to atrophy.

    They take a little practice to learn how to apply yourself, but they consist of velcro straps that adjust to whatever size your leg is that day when you put them on. They work well. The down side is that they are bulky, so if you wear AFOs like my father, you may have trouble fitting your legs into your AFOs with the thick Farrow wraps on. They also only come in one color..... a sickly tan color.

    Here's a link to the ones my Dad uses.

    This comes with a compression "sock" liner that you put on first that has a bit of foot compression, and then you put on the velcro wrap on the lower leg. There is a separate velcro foot piece sold separately, but that didn't work for us. It caused concerning pressure marks. I recommend getting the leg piece alone, and try it using with just the included liner sock. It is probably enough.

    My Dad's edema is well controlled now. He alternates between the Farrow wraps and regular compression stockings. We never had custom stockings made. This is cheaper. He bought a bunch of extra sock liners for the Farrow wraps that he washes after each wear, and washes the wrap itself after 5-6 wears (puts in a delicates bag, and washes in the washer on gentle cycle with a mild laundry detergent - Costco free and clear). He has two pairs of Farrow wraps, and 8 pairs of the sock liners he bought separately.

    I also recommend Compressionguru for ordering them. They were a really great company. Easy shipping and returns, as we were trying different types/sizes. Also did a price adjustment for us. Also very communicative by phone and by email. Really a pleasure. Which happens rarely these days, for us....

  2. #12
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    I had custom stockings made through Sigvaris. $340 a pair (Canada) which is ridiculous. Insurance is the only thing that saves me.

  3. #13
    That's an incredibly cheap price for custom stockings. They are more expensive in the US. And in the US, many (most?) insurance companies do not cover them. Medicare - the National health insurance plan that serves seniors and those on disability - does not cover them for the types of edema those with SCI suffer from.

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    Been using these for about 3 years. Way better than TED hose which I used for previous 25 or so years.

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Beagle View Post

    Been using these for about 3 years. Way better than TED hose which I used for previous 25 or so years.

    Those are excellent. My father also has a pair of these that he wears on his upper leg when his edema is severe. He wears them in combination with his Farrow wraps on the lower leg. They also have the adjustable velcro straps so you can mold them to your shape. His physical therapist recommended them.

    Do you use those on your lower leg, and upper leg?

    They required a little practice to learn how to apply them correctly, and are a little challenging for my Dad to put on his upper leg without assistance.

  6. #16
    You need to be very careful applying this type of compression sleeve to insensate areas of the body. I remember seeing a poster at an ASIA conference about a person with SCI who suffered bilateral compartment syndrome from too tightly applied Ace wraps and had to have full leg fasciotomy surgery to save his legs...

    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

  7. #17
    I agree that these take some practice and direction. But they are safer than Ace wraps or the other wraps typically applied by therapists for lymphedema. Those are quite dangerous potentially.

    We started using them only for a couple hours, then taking off and checking skin, then trying a bit longer, checking skin etc...

  8. #18
    After 30+ years of being quadriplegic I've discovered over the past year that the best way to minimize edema is to wear my compression stockings 22.5 hours per day. I only remove them for my daily bowel/shower routine. It's made a significant difference in reducing the swelling of my feet and calves.

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