LympheDIVAs Short Arm Sleeve Class 1 (20-30mmHg) Medium with Diva Diamond Band - Viva Vida
At LympheDIVAs they believe that a majority of sleeves that were prescribed and purchased were worn a few times and then hidden in a drawer out of distaste and discomfort. Knowing that the compression sleeve cannot reduce the chance of occurrence or swelling by remaining in the drawer, LympheDIVAs has made lymphedema management easier by adding a dose of fashion and having superior comfort. A LympheDIVA enjoys wearing her sleeve because it is stylish, fashionable and fun. Women are more likely to derive the benefits of the garments simply because they are more likely to wear them and less likely to suffer from complications!
LympheDIVAs is dedicated to creating medically correct, fashionable compression apparel for the savvy breast cancer survivor with lymphedema that will inspire her to feel beautiful, strong and confident. The medical requirements are obvious, but the emotional aspect of healing is important and often ignored. A positive mindset can often lead to a much better physical response. LympheDIVAs garments are available in a stunning variety of trendy colors and patterns. LympheDIVAs garments fit a wide range of sizes.
A Fashion Statement
LympheDIVAs believes that getting the hottest and latest patterns to their customers is important. LympheDIVAs' team studies the newest trends in patterns and colors by scouring the runways, attending trend-spotting trade shows and sourcing fashion publications. Just like the fashion power-houses in New York, London, Milan and Tokyo, LympheDIVAs introduces new patterns biannually in the Spring and Fall.
LympheDIVAs set out not to just make a pretty sleeve but also one that is more comfortable and improves the management of lymphedema.
- Moisture-Wicking: LympheDIVAs products include moisture-wicking technology, which pulls sweat away from the body and is fast drying!
- Aloe Vera: A fabric finishing process which adds unscented aloe vera moisturizing micro-capsules for added softness and skin protection.
- 360º Stretch: All LympheDIVAs garments are knit with 360º stretch, which allows them to stretch as your arm bends and flexes. Prevents binding at the elbow.
- Fine Knit: A fine knit construction producing a smooth surface, lightweight, and replicating a 'second skin.'
- Graduated Compression: All garments are available in compression Class 1 (20-30mmHg) and Class 2 (30-40mmHg).
- Diva Diamond Band: A latex-free, silicone-free gripper applied directly to the inside top cuff of the sleeve. The Diva Diamond Band will keep your garment in place and your skin less irritated. The Diva Diamond Band is optional, garments are available both with and without this feature.
- Made in the USA: All LympheDIVAs garments are knit in North Carolina. The garments are printed, pressed and shipped from Massachusetts.
With proper care, LympheDIVAs garments last four to six months with regular daily wear.
Frequently Asked Questions
Lymphedema and Compression:
Do I have to wear a gauntlet with my compression sleeve?
The answer to this question will depend on the nature of your own condition. LympheDIVAs suggests that you consult your doctor or physical therapist on the topic, specific to your lymphedema. Currently, the National Lymphedema Network position paper on exercise recommends that you wear a gauntlet and sleeve during exercise if you have been diagnosed with lymphedema. Dr. Andrea Cheville, Associate Professor of Physical Medicine at the Mayo Clinic wrote a position paper about the importance of sleeve and gauntlet combination wear.
What classes of compression does LympheDIVAs offer and how is that compression defined?
LympheDIVAs currently offers Class 1 and Class 2 sleeves and gauntlets which have graduated compression with the highest pressures at the palm and wrist, the gauntlet is specially made to have no compression at the wrist to avoid double compression when it overlaps the sleeve. Class 1 garments have between 20-30mmHg pressure at the sleeve and palm and have about 5-10mmHg at the arm cuff. Class 2 garments have between 30-40mmHg pressure at the palm and wrist and have graduated pressure to 5-10mmHg at the arm cuff.
What is the difference between Class 1 and Class 2 compression?
If you are unsure of your compression class, please consult your doctor or physical therapist. Class 1 (20-30mmHg) compression is generally for preventative to mild lymphedema. LympheDIVAs Class 1 sleeves are not recommended for severe swelling. Class 2 (30-40mmHg) compression for more severe lymphedema. Like other compression devices that utilize graduated compression, the pressure is highest at the palm and wrist and gradually reduces at the top cuff and upper arm, moving the fluid toward the body.
Can I request a custom made sleeve?
At the moment LympheDIVAs is not offering custom-made sleeves. However, they are listening to your concerns and recommend that you contact them. Any information they can gather from lovely DIVAs from all over the world will help LympheDIVAs create the finest products. LympheDIVAs does offer custom-designed sleeves, please contact them for a quote.
When do I wear my LympheDIVAs sleeve?
LympheDIVAs sleeves are not intended to be worn at night. The amount of time and degree to which you wear your LympheDIVAs sleeve will depend on the severity of your own lymphedema. Consult with your therapist or physician to determine how often you need to wear your sleeve. Divas embrace the challenges life throws at them with style and grace!
Can I wear LympheDIVAs products on my unaffected arm or if I do not have lymphedema?
Yes! LympheDIVAs sleeves are extremely fashionable and stylish! Compression apparel is known to improve performance - just take a look at Allen Iverson. By wearing LympheDIVAs products as a fashion accessory or performance enhancer, you help prove that the sleeve is more than just a medical device.
I hate when people ask, "What happened to your arm?" Any suggestions on how to respond?
If you have the time, tolerance, and vigor to explain lymphedema, then LympheDIVAs suggests you do so. Educating others on lymphedema is important. We need to raise awareness and increase attention! Divas are exceptional at gathering attention. However, if you are not in the mood, which LympheDIVAs understands happens after one too many interrogations, here are a few statements, short and sweet (and humorous for you,) to get you out of that situation real quick:
- "Trapeze accident"
- "Just saved a dog from a burning building. Got a little scratched up."
- "Climbed Mount Everest and got stung by a rare bee, which caused my arm to swell."
- "It's a religious statement, even Madonna is doing it!"
- "Yoga accident"
- "Bad case of tennis elbow."
- "I'm glad you asked, this is my fake arm. A shark ate my real one while I was surfing in Hawaii. The fingers look so real, don't they?"
- "I am a professional air guitar player. I had a rough practice last night."
- "Newfound addiction to archery"
If, and ONLY if you are wearing a LympheDIVAs sleeve you can truthfully say, "It's fashion baby!" If you have any stories, statements, or sassy comebacks you would like to share, please contact LympheDIVAs!
I understand that LympheDIVAs garments are fashionable, but how can I trust that they will safely manage my lymphedema?
LympheDIVAs products are completely medically correct. LympheDIVAs garments are registered with and approved by the FDA. The graduated compression is tested using the most accurate equipment available. As long as you are wearing your appropriate size, LympheDIVAs garments are the premium product to manage your lymphedema.
Sizing and Fit:
How do I know what size to order for my LympheDIVAs fashions?
LympheDIVAs recommends that you consult with your physician, physical therapist or certified fitter to measure your hand and arm. You may also refer to LympheDIVAs' sizing chart and fitting instructions to assist you in determining your size. A proper fitting is essential for proper care! You may not fit into LympheDIVAs fashions, but have no fear, LympheDIVAs is constantly researching and will be expanding to fit more sizes soon!
Does LympheDIVAs offer sleeves of different lengths?
Due to their 360° degree stretch, LympheDIVAs sleeves fit a wide range of arm lengths. Short sleeves are currently available as well. Get new product announcements by joining LympheDIVAs' e-mail mailing list and liking them on Facebook!
I am a male with upper extremity lymphedema; can I wear LympheDIVAs products?
If you fit within LympheDIVAs' sizing chart, of course you can!
Do LympheDIVAs garments come with a silicone border?
LympheDIVAs garments come with something better - the DIVA Diamond Band, which they say offers you "bling and cling." A latex-free, softer alternative to silicone which is printed directly on the sleeve and not applied to an elastic band and sewn in. The DIVA Diamond Band will keep your garment in place and your skin less irritated.
Are LympheDIVAs products covered by my health insurance?
When you order online, LympheDIVAs cannot process your insurance reimbursement. However, when you go to your local DME or breast care boutique that regularly works with insurance, your garment may be covered depending on your plan! Medicare and Medicaid do not cover any compression garments.
I have lower extremity lymphedema. Does LympheDIVAs have fashions for me?
Have no fear, Lower Extremity DIVAs!! LympheDIVAs knows you are out there and they look forward to serving you. What LympheDIVAs likes to say is that they are "working their way down the body." LympheDIVAs began with what they know (upper extremity LE) and now intends to expand into what they have learned regarding lymphedema. If you have lower extremity lymphedema, please join LympheDIVAs' e-mail mailing list so they can keep you on their mailing list for future updates on new products!
I have truncal lymphedema. Will LympheDIVAs be making garments for this condition?
LympheDIVAs is constantly developing new products and ways to better serve their divas. If you would like to receive updates on the availability of garments for the treatment of truncal lymphema, please join LympheDIVAs' e-mail mailing list so they can keep you updated on new products!
I have lots of ideas on how to make my sleeve more comfortable. How do I share my ideas and suggestions for future LympheDIVAs products?
LympheDIVAs knows that you LympheDIVAs out there have all sorts of ideas on how to improve the existing compression garments. They are constantly coming up with new ideas and they'd love to hear your thoughts and feedback. E-mail LympheDIVAs and let them know what you're thinking about. They'll get back to you as soon as they can!
Can LympheDIVAs create a full-finger glove?
So glad you asked! LympheDIVAs is currently in the research and development stage for a glove and they anticipate to launch their glove line in late 2012. Please join LympheDIVAs' e-mail mailing list so they can keep you updated on new products!
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.
Rachel Levin Troxell 1970-2008
Rachel Troxell, founded and served as the first President of LympheDIVAs. On January 22, 2008, although her body succumbed to the onslaught of breast cancer her spirit was never defeated. She continued to be a vital presence at LympheDIVAs until the last, where a caller could still hear a cheery "Hello, Lymphedivas, this is Rachel." It was her fervent wish that LympheDIVAs and its mission to provide products for the benefit of breast cancer survivors with lymphedema everywhere would continue. To this end her father, Dr. Howard Levin and her mother Judy Levin continue to work to assure that LympheDIVAs survives and thrives. Rachel was honored by Living Beyond Breast Cancer in 2008 with their "Founders Award". A video they prepared for the event can be viewed above.
LympheDIVAs LLC is dedicated to creating medically correct and fashionable compression apparel for the savvy and stylish breast cancer survivor with lymphedema which will inspire her to feel beautiful, strong, and confident.
What is the lymphatic system and lymphedema?
The lymphatic system is structured like a web, occasionally draining into small lumps or nodes that filter the lymphatic fluid. The system works through the pumping power of the body's muscles. The muscles contract, increasing pressure within the lymph vessels, which causes the fluid to move. A series of one-way valves ensure that the fluid moves in the right direction. Lymphedema, the build up of protein rich fluid in the subcutaneous interstitial compartment occurs when either lymph fluid is impeded from flowing through the lymph vessels and lymphatic system or there is an excess of fluid that exceeds the carrying capacity of the lymph system. It collects in the subcutaneous and deep tissues causing swelling of the affected area and predisposes to chronic inflammation.
What happens when lymphedema occurs in people after breast cancer treatment?
When a sentinel node is removed, a number of nodes are removed, or if the nodes receive radiation therapy, the body is at risk for lymphedema. The loss of lymph nodes and vessels can result in lymphedema in the arm or other parts of the body. The amount of fluid collection is variable and at this time, unpredictable because of the variability of the insults and the lymphatic system itself.
Why is it important to be aware of this?
Any event which stimulates the formation of increased protein fluid and floating cells between the cells in the arm (such as infection, trauma and sun burn) or slow the flow of lymph fluid out of the arm (such as have blood pressure taken with a cuff) can increase the chance of fluid accumulating in the arm. Since no truly curative therapies exist, medical intervention is focused on preventing occurrences and recurrences and is most often dependent on patient self management and adherence. Prolonged or severe fluid build up can result in a more severe and permanent lymphedema.
An Enhanced Medical Device
Lymphedema is managed and treated through a variety of therapies. Compression armsleeves and gauntlets are one such therapy. LympheDIVAs armsleeves and gauntlets are Class 1 (20-30mmHg) and Class 2 (30-40mmHg) medical devices. Like other armsleeves they utilize graduated compression, the highest pressure is at the wrist and acts as a pump to encourage the lymph vessels to push the lymph fluid toward the body. LympheDIVAs garments are regularly tested using a Vista-Medical FSA pressure mapping system to assure proper compression. LympheDIVAs garments can improve patient compliance to therapy through increased comfort and better fashion.
When should a sleeve be worn?
LympheDIVAs recommends consulting with a doctor or lymphedema therapist in order to find the most appropriate therapy for each individual. All women who are at risk for lymphedema or who have mild to moderate lymphedema should, at a minimum, wear their sleeve and gauntlet during air travel and while exercising.