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Acta Phlebologica 2022 April;23(1):19-23

DOI: 10.23736/S1593-232X.21.00512-9


lingua: Inglese

Elastic stocking and dynamics of volumetric variations at two-week intervals

Lívia M. PEREIRA de GODOY 1, Jose M. PEREIRA de GODOY 2 , Maria F. GUERREIRO GODOY 3, Henrique J. PEREIRA de GODOY 4, Rogerio R. RAMOS 5

1 Unit of Dermatology, Lauro Souza de Lima Institute, Bauru, Brazil; 2 Unit of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Medicine School (FAMERP), CNPq (National Council for Research and Development, São Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil; 3 Medicine School (FAMERP), São Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil; 4 Department of General Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Medicine School (FAMERP), São Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil; 5 Department of Anatomy, Universidade Brasil, Fernandopolis, Brazil

BACKGROUND: Elastic stockings and bandages constitute the main compression mechanism indicated for the treatment of chronic venolymphatic diseases. The aim of the present study was to investigate volumetric variations at two-week intervals of a 90-day assessment period in patients who underwent treatment for lymphedema using the Godoy Method® followed by the use of elastic stockings for the maintenance of the results.
METHODS: A clinical trial was conducted on the maintenance of the results of treatment for the reduction of edema in patients with primary lower limb lymphedema using elastic stockings (30/40 mmHg). For such, volumetric analyses were performed every 15 days for three months. The data were entered into a table on Excel and the Statics Direct 3 software was used for the statistical analysis.
RESULTS: No significant difference was detected between the initial and final volumes during the 90 days of elastic stocking use (P value =0.79 and 0.9, paired and unpaired t-test, respectively).
CONCLUSIONS: The use of elastic stockings is a safe method for the maintenance of the results of treatment of lymphedema for 90 days, offering a more comfortable option for these patients.

KEY WORDS: Stockings, compression; Lymphedema; Therapy

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