Foams and padding are an integral part of compression bandaging and play a key role in complete decongestive therapy, or "CDT", which is performed to reduce limb volume. Compression bandaging includes a second layer of padding which is placed over the initial layer of stockinette. This seconday "padding" layer will likely consist of a simple soft padding made of polyester, cotton, or light weight foam.
In cases of excess swelling or fibrosis, which is a hardened area under the skin, treatment may require the use of higher density or specialty foam to help break up the fibrotic tissue and return the skin to its normal softness.
Thicker and higher density or specialty channeling foams are useful in helping to treat fibrotic areas and provide additional padding .
In cases of heavy fibrosis and thick skin, a denser closed-cell or rubber foam may be required.
Several different swell spots and pads have been developed to help treat and manage areas of swelling which are particularly problematic or require unique localized pressure.
Which ever type of foam or padding is used, the goal is to create pressure and break up the areas of concentrated and stagnant protein-heavy lymph fluid to help create a softer skin area.
Created in response to a request from a breast surgeon looking for a "tapeless" solution immediately following axillary node dissection. The flat channeled pad is placed against the chest wall and held in place by the Bellisse Compression Comfort Bra Learn More
The Bellisse® pad is a comfortable, foam-filled pad that conveniently fits in the inner pocket of the Bellisse® Compressure Comfort® bra and covers the affected breast completely, protecting sensitive tissue. It directs lymph flow around the torso and across the spine, toward the unaffected axilla. Learn More
The cleavage pad is particularly useful under the Bellisse and mastectomy bras, when there is swelling between the breatss. It is also effective for scar management following open heart surgery Learn More
An elliptical shaped pad designed to extend from the serratus anterior to the xiphoid process. It provides gentle pressure along the inferior aspect of the affected breast when used under a compression or sports bra. Learn More
Developed for a researcher doing clinical trials on seromas, the mini Axilla is a loose-filled pad which featuries a small continuous flow extension. It is placed against the chest wall and held in place by a compression or sports bra. Learn More
Featuring a posterior extension, the post-lumpectomy pad addresses swelling or radiation fibrosis over the affected breast and serratus anterior. The pad covers the affected breast completely and extends to the spine. Learn More
The serratus anterior pad, with the attached axilla pad, as designed to cover the breast and across the sternum to help direct lymph flow laterally down to the inguinals and posteriorly toward the spine. Learn More
The unilateral post-mastectomy pad is for the mastectomy patient with chest wall edema or radiation fibrosis over the anterior chest wall and the serratus anterior, but having normal lymph drainage on the unaffected side. Learn More