In treating Lymphedema, the use of compression bandaging is the main component of the initial "intensive" phase of complete decongestive therapy, or "CDT", and is performed to reduce limb volume.

  • The bandaging process starts with an inner "stocking-like" fabric, known as a stockinette.
  • The next layer consists of a padding made of polyester, cotton, or foam that is placed over the stockinette.
  • An outer layer of multiple overlapping short-stretch compression bandages is the final component of the multi-layer compressive bandaging therapy system.

Although your Lymphedema treatment plan may vary, the use of compression bandaging will likely be done daily for up to several weeks. Upon completion of "CDT", it may be possible to switch to a compression garment or compression device during the second, or "maintenance" phase of your Lymphedema treatment.

Compression bandages come in two distinct types – short-stretch and long or medium-stretch, with the difference between the two being the extent to which the bandages can be stretched from their original length.

  • Short-stretch bandages are made from cotton fibers which are interwoven in a way that allows for approximately 60% extensibility of their original length.
  • Long and medium-stretch bandages contain polyurethane, which allows for an extensibility of more than 140% of the original length of the bandage.

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  1. Alba Synthetic Stockinette

    Incredibly soft and durable. Made of 100% polyester Learn More
  2. Cover-Roll Stretch

    Cover-Roll Stretch is a cross-elastic non-woven adhesive bandage that provides light compression while delivering the same quality features as Cover-Roll Learn More
  3. Leukotape P Sportstape (1 1/2" x 15yds)

    Leukotape P Sports Tape is heavy duty rayon-backed strapping tape with an aggressive zinc oxide adhesive offers extra strong support for sprains and strains Learn More

  4. TG Cotton Stockinette (Jersey)

    TG Cotton Stockinette is a soft 100% cotton, close-weave seamlessly knitted tubular stockinette used as the first layer in Lymphedema bandaging. Learn More
  5. Transelast Classic

    Soft durable close weave white gauze bandage. Learn More
  6. Tricofix

    BSN Tricofix is a lightweight, 100% cotton absorbent stockinette which may be used as the first layer of bandaging for treatment of Lymphedema and other chronic swellings Learn More
  7. X-Span

    Wide mesh highly elastic tubular fixation bandage Learn More

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