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.
MediWrap™ provides a low-to-medium degree of two-directional stretch with semi-rigid support useful for restricting mobility. An excellent alternative for traditional short-stretch compression bandages
ProWrap™ offers good strength, a low-to-medium degree of two-directional stretch and is excellent for when a higher degree of strength and durability for heavier wear or support, and reduced stretch is required
NuStimWrap™ offers a medium degree of two-directional stretch with adjustable compression and support to provide customized support around body contours and for joints such as wrists, elbows, ankles and knees
Tricofix is a lightweight, 100% cotton tubular stockinette which may be used as the first layer of bandaging for treatment of Lymphedema and other chronic swellings to provide a layer of soft and comfortable protection to the skin
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
Alba Stockinette is a non-sterlile 100% polyester tubular stockinette made of high-grade, close-weave yarn which conforms to the shape of the limb to provide an incredibly soft inner layer of protection to the skin
Juzo® cotton compression stockinette is a 100% cotton-knit tubular bandage that maximizes support and minimizes constriction while providing compression and support as a liner for the skin when worn under compression wraps