Compression Garment Fitting

“Correct fitting and choice of garment is essential”

If your doctor has asked you to wear a compression garment, it is imperative that you are correctly fitted. These garments are expensive, you want the right one the first time. In fact, you will require two garments – one on and one in the wash.

Compression garment

Services – Compression Garment Fitting

My specialty is the Management of Lymphoedema and Lipoedema and I am trained in the fitting of garments. I maintain my registration and keep up to date with the latest trends and research by attending regular training with the different suppliers. Your doctor may advise you that you need to “wear” a garment, for any number of conditions (see the list below). You may have heard this referred to as a “compression stocking” for your leg/s or a “compression sleeve” for your arm/s but as you will see from the list below, garments can be made for every part of your body. Some can be bought “ready to wear” but some need to be custom made.

We’ve all put a flat pack together and decided 2 hours into what was supposed to be a 45 minute job that it would have been a good idea to read the instructions or ask questions.

You can do without that experience with your garment as they are expensive and required for your health. Avoid the stress and make an appointment to see me for a correct fitting, choice availability and education. This takes about 30 minutes in total and can cover the following:

  1. Indications for use
  2. Assessment
  3. Choices and options (where applicable)
  4. Where to order your Garment
  5. What to do when your Garment arrives

Indications for Use

  • primary lymphoedema (hereditary or birth anomaly)
  • secondary lymphoedema (acquired from damage to lymph system)  eg:
    • traumatic (burns, crush, degloving, etc)
    • repeat bouts of local infection
    • bacteria
    • fungi
    • skin disorders
    • insect and spider bites
    • medical (removal of nodes, radiation of nodes, vein stripping, surgery that severs lymph vessels)
  • venous problems
  • oedema
  • travel
  • lengthy periods of immobility
  • lipoedema


  • medical history
  • measurement of limb – essential for correct fitting
  • advice on the best garment for your condition as prescribed by your doctor
  • donning and doffing (put on and take off)
  • education as appropriate:
    • lymphoedema
    • venous insufficiency
    • travel
    • skin care
    • manual lymphatic drainage
    • exercise
    • precautions
    • when to see your doctor

Choices and Options

*Not all choices and options will be available for your condition

  • available colours
  • styles – eg chaps, thigh high, pantyhose
  • open or closed toes
  • “going out / fancy” garment
  • maintenance garments
  • ready to wear (off the shelf)
  • custom made

Fittings available for toddlers, teens and adults

The Right Garment for You

….will be discussed in consultation with your doctor’s request.

Three grades of compression:

  • 15-20 mmHg (moderate)
  • 20-30 mmHg (firm)
  • 30-40 mmHg (extra firm)

Donning and doffing aids available

Order your Garment

I will then give you a “prescription” to take to your preferred provider (pharmacy) to ensure you get exactly what your doctor has requested in combination with your choices.

You will need to discuss pricing and delivery with this provider.

Alternatively, I can advise where to go in Brisbane if you are up for the trip.

Arrival of Garment

If you are happy with how to wear your garment, there is no need to see me at this stage.

If you are a little unsure and would like some help the first time you put your garment on:

  • teach you and/or your carer how to put your garment on and take it off
  • tips on making donning and doffing easier
  • go over the care of your garment
  • answer any questions

Types of Compression Garments

  • Below knee
  • Thigh high
  • Thigh with waistband
  • Tights (two-legged)
  • Tights (one-leg)
  • With foot piece or without
  • Anklets
  • Genital
  • Armsleeve
  • Mittens
  • Glove
  • Bra
  • Vests
  • Abdominal
  • Head and neck




By appointment only