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Shrinkers - Above Knee

What is the purpose of using a shrinker?
  • Shrinkers provide graduated compression on the amputated limb to reduce the amount of fluid or edema in the limb after amputation surgery.
  • Shrinkers also help shape the limb for an ideal prosthetic fitting.
  • Shrinkers may be used to maintain limb volume and shape throughout an amputees’ life.
How do I put on my shrinker?

Compressogrip® Elastic  Shrinker

  1. Find the middle of the shrinker and place plastic ring there.
  2. Stretch and pull the shrinker onto the amputated limb, you should feel some compression on the limb as you pull it upwards.
  3. Push plastic ring to the end of the limb.
  4. Secure elastic waistband around your waist with the Velcro attachments.
  5. Stretch and pull the rest of the shrinker over the limb until it reaches your groin area.
  6. The shrinker will fit very snug, but should not be painful with prolonged use.
  7. Ensure there are NO WRINKLES in the shrinker, as these can lead to problems.

Juzo® Dynamic Shrinker

  1. With both hands gather and stretch the shrinker, like a sock; all the way to the seam on the bottom.
  2. Place shrinker on the end of the amputated limb and gently pull the shrinker up the limb, it should stop in the groin area.
  3. If there is a waistband, secure elastic waistband around your waist with the Velcro attachments.
  4. If there is a silicone beaded ring, simply make sure the beads are resting against the skin to hold the shrinker on your limb.
  5. The shrinker will fit very snug, but should not be painful with prolonged use.
  6. Ensure there are NO WRINKLES in the shrinker, as these can lead to problems.
How often should I wear my shrinker?
  • You can wear your shrinker any time you are not wearing your liner or prosthesis.
  • It is especially important to wear your shrinker at night when fluid tends to move back into your limb as your body is inactive.
How do I clean and maintain my shrinker?
  • You can wash your shrinker with a fragrance free mild detergent and let it air dry.
  • It is recommended to have at least two shrinkers so you can wear one while the other one is being cleaned. However, you may have to pay out of pocket for one depending on your insurance coverage.

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