An integral part of active lymphedema treatment is bandaging or wrapping.
lotion is applied to the limb to moisture and protect the skin. This
is followed by tubular stockinette and/or gauze for added skin
Next comes a layer of foam, padding, and/or swell
spots which serves several purposes. It helps to evenly distribute the
compression from the outer-layer of bandaging . It protects bony
protrusions and fills in concave areas. And finally it massages the
tissue to prevent hardening or fibrosis.
Finally a layer of short-stretch bandages are applied to provide graduated compression to the limb.
is typically worn for 23 hours per day, until the limb is reduced
enough in size to switch to a compression garment for maintenance. Your
therapist may add or remove a layer depending on your specific
condition. A bandage liner like Caresia from Solaris or JoVi Pak can often be used instead of
stockinette, foam, and padding. Ask your therapist.