Blue Bandit Compression by LympheDivas
Medically correct fashion for controlling lymphedema
All LympheDiva compression garments:
- Effectively control lymphedema with medically correct graduated compression available in two levels: Class 1 (20-30mmHg) or Class 2 (30-40mmHg).
- Moisture wicking technology which pulls sweat away from the body and is fast drying.
- Knit with 360° stretch which allows the garments to stretch as your arm bends and flexes, preventing binding at the elbow.
- Fine knit construction with a smooth surface that is lightweight and replicates a "second skin".
- Unscented aloe vera moisturizing micro-capsules added to the fabric for softness and skin protection.
- Diva Diamond Band latex-free and silicone-free gripper applied directly to the top cuff of the sleeve that helps the sleeve stay up, prevents rolling, and helps keep skin less irritated is optional at no additional cost on all sleeves.
- Are aesthetically appealing for the savvy breast cancer survivor with lymphedema that will inspire her to feel beautiful, strong and confident.
- Easy to wear & easy to care, machine wash and dry.
- Matching gauntlet is available and sold separately.
- Donning aids are available and sold separately.
MEASURING: Visit our LympheDivas Sizing Guide for information on how to measure for your compression arm sleeve, and gauntlet (sold separately).
All compression garments should be replaced after six months of normal wear. They start losing their effectiveness after that time, and will appear looser. You will start to lose the maximum benefits of your compression strength after this time. We recommend marking the date on the retail box they came in. You'll also have the box codes for your next order.
It is recommended that you consult your medical professional and fitter for proper guidelines on the use and application of this product. As therapy progresses or new symptoms develop, it may be necessary to take new measurements for a new compression garment.
It is also recommended that you put your compression arm sleeve on first thing in the morning every day. Rough fingernails, jagged rings, etc. can damage fabric. Use a latex-free donning glove (sold separately) to protect your garment.
About Compression Levels
Compression garments are rated by the amount of pressure that they apply to the skin surface in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Lower ratings provide enough pressure for comfort and some preventative properties.Higher ratings will also provide comfort but also provide more therapeutic levels of pressure needed to treat some more severe conditions.
- 20 - 30 mmHg rated compression garments are considered light medical compression and are used by people who suffer from moderate swelling or for preventing blood clots after surgery. Garments with this rating should only be purchased on the advice of a physician or other health professional to avoid causing additional medical damage or injury.
30 - 40 mmHg rated compression garments are considered medium medical compression stockings and are chosen if you have moderate to severe varicose veins during pregnancy or due to another condition, moderate edema, after a vein treatment like vein stripping, as a treatment for ulcers, and to combat diseases like lymphedema. Garments with this rating should only be purchased on the advice of a physician or other health professional to avoid causing additional medical damage or injury.
The story of LympheDIVAs began in Philadelphia when two young breast cancer survivors, Rachel Troxell and Robin Miller, developed lymphedema, a side effect of breast cancer treatment that can cause permanent swelling in the arms. Their physicians and lymphedema therapists recommended a compression sleeve as the most effective way of controlling the swelling. When they researched the options for the sleeve they found that the only ones available were rough textured, heavy, hot, beige, and bandage-like. Frustrated and dismayed over the lack of options they had for compression sleeves, Robin and Rachel met with Kristin Dudley, a fashion designer, to discuss their idea of creating a more elegant and comfortable compression sleeve.
In late 2007, Robin left the company. Soon after, Rachel discovered her breast cancer had returned. While she was being treated, she continued building LympheDIVAs, which brought her much joy during a difficult time in her life. Rachel died January 22, 2008, at the age of 37. Her determination and compassion to improve the lives of breast cancer survivors is very much ingrained in the spirit of LympheDIVAs.
Today, LympheDIVAs’ products can be found in retail locations nationwide and internationally. At Rachel’s request, her father Dr. Howard Levin and her mother, Judy Levin took over the responsibility of running the company which their daughter helped found. In August of 2010, Rachel’s little brother, Josh Levin, joined the company and is now running it with his parents. They all hope that LympheDIVAs’ compression apparel will continue to inspire breast cancer survivors everywhere to feel as beautiful, strong and confident as Rachel was.