Compression, and it's application technique, has evolved over the years to become an essential part of the post-surgery healing process, and is now viewed as a familiar means of therapy following an operation. Surgeons, clinics, and hospitals unanimously encourage patients to wear a compression garment following their surgery in order to provide targeted support, minimise bruising, alleviate swelling, and as secondary measure to reduce the risk of complications and speed up the recovery process.
The main functions of compression therapy are to improve skin recovery and maintain a consistent external pressure on deep tissues to lessen the chances of common post-surgery complications. Because patients are ultimately concerned with achieving desired results, continual external pressure keeps the skin smooth and evenly compressed, minimizing the chances of sagging and the formation of unwanted creases. With consistent and evenly distributed pressure, the skin is given the necessary support needed to heal naturally.
Compression garments do vary depending on the surgery procedure and are recommended to patients based on their personal preference. At MACOM®, we work closely with surgeons to ensure that we are fulfilling a patients' needs. We provide garments that are either specifically designed to cover the entire body, garments that focus on specific areas of the body for a more targeted support, or inserts specially made to be worn under the garments to minimize the "empty" space and to keep the treated area flat. We understand that patients are significantly less mobile post-surgery, so many garments contain hook and eye closures on the side or at the front to ensure that the patient or nurse can fit the garment easily so it can be worn throughout the entire recovery period.