Multi-Layered Compression Wrap
Short Stretch Bandages
Short Stretch Bandages are an important part of controlling lymphedema. These special bandages have very little elastic in them which allows the swelling to be ‘wrapped’ in a shell that safely pushes lymph fluid in the desired direction, especially when combined with specific exercises.
Your therapist will teach you how to bandage yourself and this will become a vital daily skill in keeping your lymphedema under control.
The brown short stretch bandages can be washed and re-used for up to 8 months. These special bandages cannot be bought in the pharmacy.
They are imported and can be ordered from Restorative Therapies
Tel: 57658295 or Email: email@example.com
Beneath the short stretch bandages is a layered system of cream, stockinette, cotton roll and foam. Each layer is important for skin health, protection and maintaining the correct pressure over a period of 24-48 hours. Stockinette can be washed and reused but foam, cotton and finger bandages must be thrown away and replaced when they show signs of wear. Keep all your bandage items clean to reduce the risk of skin infection.
These items can be purchased from Restorative Therapies (Tel: 57658295).
Breast cancer patients can purchase these items from Link to Life Vacous or Pamplemousse (Call Cindy: 686 0666)
Stockings, sleeves, gloves, chin straps … you name it, there is a garment for each part of the body affected by chronic swelling. These garments are more highly elasticated than the bandages and are for daytime use. It can be dangerous to sleep in a sleeve or stocking so discuss this with your therapist before doing so. The compression strength of a garment (Class I, Class II or Class III) and the size are carefully ordered according to your needs. A poorly fitting garment is uncomfortable and does not give optimum results.
Even a well fitting garment can irritate sensitive spots like the inside elbow and behind the knee. Using a little corn flour to dust this area before donning your stocking or sleeve can help. Moisturising the skin well with a low pH lotion or cream before applying your night-time bandage will sooth the skin over night.
Adjustable Compression Systems
A huge amount of research and development is going into adjustable (Velcro) garments. These garments can, in some cases, replace the need to bandage. They can be worn during the day or night and, although higher in cost, they make life easier and reduce the time spent ‘wrapping’. They are a fantastic quality of life item for a lymphedema patient, often allowing a patient to care for themselves more independently. They need to be replaced every 8-12 months depending on use. These items are not kept in stock, they need to be ordered for each patient according to measurements and takes 2-4 weeks to arrive on the island.
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