Treating lymphedema that has progressed beyond stage 1 is a slow and time consuming process. The most common regime of treatment is complete decongestive therapy (CDT). This is an intensive program of bandaging (wrapping), manual lymphatic drainage, exercise and self care. During the initial phase of CDT, which can last anywhere from 3-8 weeks, the affected limb must be wrapped 24 hours a day, except when bathing. For many individuals, learning how to wrap and unwrap the bandaging is one of the most difficult and frustrating parts of the therapy. There are options that can make this process easier.
You can browse our online Compression Wraps Catalog to view our entire selection of bandaging alternatives from Solaris, Juzo, BiaCare, CircAid and Farrow Medical.
In 2015, CircAid launched their revolutionary Reduction Kits as an alternative to wrapping. Instead of multiple layers of stockinette, padding, and bandages, Reduction Kits are made of straps with velcro closures. The initial sizing and customization of the garment must be done by your therapist, but after that, you can easily put it on and take it off. As your limb reduces, the size of the Reduction Kit can be reduced. You can lead a normal lifestyle, and complete your therapy. CircAid Reduction Kits are available for the arm, lower leg, and full leg.
Caresia Bandage Liners from Solaris don't completely eliminate the wrapping process, but they do make it much easier. Caresia garments are filled with foam chips, and take the place of stockinette, gauze, and padding. The Caresia Liner is donned first, then short-stretch bandages are wrapped around the limb. Caresia Bandage Liners are available in a variety of sizes for arms, legs, hands and feet.