How to Manage Lymphedema in Your Arms and Hands Typically, managing lymphedema using compression requires a multi-step bandaging process. You should use layers to protect your skin, provide padding, and apply pressure.
Learn about the three steps in the bandaging process, and find out about alternatives to this traditional method.
The 3-Step Bandaging Process
Step One: Skin Protection The first layer in multi-layer compression bandaging is meant to protect your skin. The tg grip II Compression Stockinettes provide an ideal base layer. It's also important to wrap your fingers to reduce or prevent swelling. Mollelast is a breathable dressing that is perfect for using around joints and fingers.
Step Two: Padding The second layer involves padding to help distribute pressure, which helps prevent any sore spots. Cellona Synthetic Padding can be used under your final layer of short-stretch bandages.
Step Three: Short Stretch Bandaging The final layer creates the pressure and compression that helps reduce your swelling. You'll need to apply several layers of Rosidal K Short Stretch Bandages to receive the desired pressure. The bandages can be washed or boiled and reused.
3 Alternatives to Multi-Step Bandaging for Lymphedema
Skip Steps 1 and 2: Use Caresia Garments You could use a Caresia garment to replace the other layers of underpadding. This saves you time while applying compression bandaging. You can wear the Caresia MCPs to Axilla garment (covers shoulder to hand), the Caresia Glove, or both at once, depending on your swelling.
All-in-one Alternative: ReadyWrap Adjustable ReadyWrap garments offer adjustable compression that can be used during all stages of lymphedema management. The ReadyWrap Arm has a built-in liner. A ReadyWrap Gauntlet is also available for the hand. This alternative is faster to put on compared to traditional multi-step bandaging.