Lymphedema FAQs

What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a painful swelling that happens when your body’s lymphatic fluid is unable to circulate properly and builds up in you soft tissues instead. It usually occurs in an arm or leg. Following breast surgery, many women experience a painful condition called lymphedema. Your doctor may recommend compression garments to ease your discomfort.

I have an appointment for my first fitting. What can I expect?
When you arrive, we will discuss the type of surgery you’ve had, your lifestyle and activities to help decide what compression garment is best for you. You will be measured by one of our certified fitters. We’ll then assist you in trying on compression garment to help you find the perfect fit and style. We carry a selection of different compression garment in many styles and colors. If it’s your first fitting, your appointment will take approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

Does the government cover the costs of compression garments? 
Please enquire about the Assistive Devices Program. We can provide you with an application or you can download a copy here:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/garments-pumps-and-braces.