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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 as part of a Lymphedema treatment program. (read more)
The bandaging process starts with an inner "stocking-like" fabric, known as a tubular stockinette.
The next layer consists of a padding made of polyester, cotton, or foam that is placed over the stockinette.
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.
The TG Tubular Stockinette is a multifunctional close-meshed, seamlessly knitted tubular bandage which may be used as the first layer in Lymphedema bandaging to provide light padding and protection to the skin
TG® Soft is a very soft and comfortable terry cloth tubular bandage that provides flexible padding for any body contour and is especially well suited for use as the first layer in Lymphedema bandaging to provide light padding and skin protection
TG Jersey Tubular Cotton Stockinette is a soft 100% cotton, close-weave seamlessly knitted tubular stockinette used as the first layer in Lymphedema bandaging to provide light padding and skin protection
Omnifix Retention Tape is made from a soft, non-woven flexible fabric coated with a non-sensitizing latex-free synthetic adhesive and is ideal for patients with hypersensitive skin and a tendency toward skin allergies