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.
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
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
The Transelast® Classic close-weave conforming gauze bandage is a soft and comfortable, making it ideal for wrapping fingers and toes in Lymphedema bandaging as well as for dressing retention in wound care applications