Garment Care

Handwashing Compression Wear  

How To Put On Your Compression Wear

Our garments contain a high percentage of lycra; be careful of fingernail punctures in the fabric. Seams and zippers are designed to be worn on the outside of the garment. Tags are labeled and face forward on the front side.

Stage One Compression Girdles and Shapewear:
 While seated, fasten the girdle up to slightly higher than your knees. Secure both the hook & eye and the zippers up to this area.While remaining seated, place both legs into the girdle and gently position the girdle into place. Then stand up and pull the girdle up, making sure to position the crotch opening as far up as possible. 

Fasten the remaining hook & eye on one side only, and then carefully pull up that zipper. Please use extra caution to avoid catching the zipper on the inner facing and to avoid getting pulls in the material from your fingernails.

Now, fasten the hook & eye on the remaining side. This side will be somewhat more difficult to secure and we recommend that someone be present to provide assistance. After the hook & eye have been secured, carefully zip up that side.  


Stage Two Compression Girdles and Shapewear:
 Step into your compression wear garment and secure hte crotch against your body. Then, pull down the legs. The secret is to gather the garment like you do pantyhose. Next, pull the garment up to your waist; the fit should be snug for best results. Extend the garment upward to under your bust or over your shoulders (depending on the style). Adjust straps if necessary. High waisted styles can be worn with or without straps. Each is designed to be worn long after you have fully recovered.


Important Tips:

  • If at any time during application you become fatigued, take a rest.
  • Use extra caution to avoid catching the zipper in the fabric or padding. If the zipper becomes snagged, stop immediately. Remove the garment and gently work with the zipper snag until it becomes freed.
  • So that elimination can be easily accomplished without soiling the garment, unzip one side and securely hold the flap to one side.


How A Garment Should Feel


Working with your doctor and personal preference, your Medico International compression garment specialist will ensure your compression garment will meet expectations. Garments should be snug on the body, feeling like it is compressing the dermal layer into the muscle wall. Although snug, the fit should be comfortable enough not to impede normal breathing or restrict the patient’s movement.  In addition, the patient’s body type can be accommodated.  A patient with a full thigh might find a garment with a longer leg more comfortable than a mid-thigh version.


Note: athletic wear, shapewear, yoga wear, or lingerie will not offer the proper level of compression needed after a surgical procedure
 

Caring For Your Medico International Compression Wear


Medico International Compression Wear is constructed with technical fabrics designed to feel good while aiding in recovery and offering support and shaping.  Be sure to follow the care instructions to ensure you get the most from your purchase. 

 

What is the best way to launder my Medico International Compression Wear?


The least damaging way to care for your compression wear is to hand wash. We recommend that you hand wash your compression garment in lukewarm water with a mild detergent and then air dry. Please do not dry your garment in a gas or electric dryer, for it may ruin the garment. Drip dry, do not wring out. Delicate or synthetic fabrics tend to dry quite quickly.  To remove bloodstains, simply soak your garment in a basin of cool water mixed with a ¼ cup of peroxide.

 

Can I machine wash?       


NO! Medico International recommends that you hand wash to extend the life of your garment and avoid garment damage (i.e. straps becoming tangled by the agitator). 

 

Can my Medico International Compression Wear be tumble dried?


Tumble drying is never recommended. Even a low heat setting damages the stretch properties of your garment and dramatically reduces the lifespan.

 

Special Care For Jobst Thigh High Hosiery 

 

The use of skin care products (such as skin creams, body lotion, or powder) as well as various skin types (such as dry or peeling skin) and hair growth may prevent the silicone band from keeping the thigh high in place.
  
To improve the performance of the silicone band under the above conditions, we recommend the following steps:
1. Turn the JOBST® Thigh Highs inside out before washing.
2. Before the main wash, thoroughly hand wash the silicone band using a delicate fabric detergent. Concentrate on removing any lotion, powder , hair or other foreign material from the silicone.
3. Follow the "Application and Care Instructions" included in the JOBST® Thigh High package.
  
Note:The elastic fibers of your compression garment stockings will break down with wear. Proper care will increase the "life" span of your stockings, but you will need to replace your stockings or sleeve at about every 3-6 months depending on how often you are wearing and how you are caring for your garment. As a general rule, if your garment becomes easy to put on, it probably needs to be replaced.

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