Use of bandages in lymphedema:
Lymphedema is a chronic condition that results from the blockage or dysfunction of the lymphatic system and causes the accumulation and retention of lymphatic fluid, known as lymph in the tissues of the body. The characteristic symptoms of this condition include the swelling of limbs, showing edema, hardening and deformation if proper treatment is not performed. Although the condition has been deemed incurable, there are various methods of reducing these symptoms and the severity of the disease.
One of the most effective and useful ways of significantly reducing swelling caused by lymphedema in the limbs is the usage of lymphedema bandages.
What to lymphedema bandages do?
Lymphedema bandages aim to reduce of suppress any swelling and edema associated to the development or progression of lymphedema by providing ample amount of compression to the limbs. The compression that is provided by these lymphedema bandages plays a vital role in reducing or eliminating the chances of the patient developing any swelling in the limbs following the diagnosis of lymphedema.
It is for this reason that compression in the form of bandages or specialized elastic garments for upper and lower limbs is urged in patients who have already developed, or are at a risk of developing lymphedema. These include patients of breast cancer who are undergoing surgery or therapy, or filariasis patients who are at the greatest risk of developing lymphedema.
What are the various effects of lymphedema bandages?
Lymphedema bandages aid in the effective reduction of swelling by causing reduction of ultra filtration resulting in the generation of tension in the affected limb or area. These bandages also provide support to the skin while it undergoes reduction in size due to swelling suppression. These bandages have the capacity to adapt to the changing size of the skin and do not lose their effectiveness at any point during the procedure.
It is therefore important to practice compression using lymphedema bandages for best results. These are ideal for patients who cannot wear compression sleeves and stocking, or other elastic garments for any reason, and are highly convenient.
There are various layers of a lymphedema compression bandage, which function together to aid in the reduction of swelling and deformation of the limb. These layers include the absorption, equalization and the compression layers.
Techniques of application:
The techniques of application of lymphedema bandages on the upper and lower limbs follow similar rules, it is important to remember that the bandage must never be too tight. The techniques of wrapping these bandages are usually demonstrated by lymphedema experts and doctors depending upon the severity of the condition.
Lymphedema bandages offer the compression that is necessary for the successful treatment of arm and leg lymphedema. The application of these bandages is also an integral part of the CDT, which has been accepted all over the world as the most effective treatment of lymphedema. These bandages not only aid in reducing the swelling and edema associated to lymphedema, but also restore the movement and normal functioning of the limbs, which may get impaired with the progression of the disease.