The possibilities of the Caresia Bandage Liner are sometimes overlooked. Designed to replace several layers of a multi-layer lymphedema bandage, the Caresia Bandage Liner is a versatile therapeutic tool that can be used in the intensive phase of lymphedema therapy to improve outcomes, save money and shorten the course of treatment; it can also be used as a longer-term lymphedema management garment.
The Caresia Bandage Liner is a directional flow garment with quilted channels guiding the excess fluid away from the swollen area. The directional channels are filled with medical grade chipped foam that creates localized tissue stretch to stimulate the lymphatics, creating improved lymph flow through the limb.
The increased lymph flow and the massaging action of the foam chips also helps to gradually reduce fibrosis, that thickening of tissue that accompanies chronic edema.
The needed compression usually comes from the application of short-stretch bandaging over the Caresia unit. Since the Caresia does provide some gradient compression, less short stretch bandages are usually needed to achieve proper compression, saving both money and time for the patient. Because of the directional flow and chipped foam elements of this sleeve, the intensive phase of treatment may also be shorter, another savings to the health system and the patient.
When the intensive phase of lymphedema therapy is over, the management phase begins. Multi-layer lymphedema bandaging no longer needs to be worn during the day; it is replaced by a compression sleeve. However, nighttime bandaging must be continued. The Caresia sleeve can be worn with one or two rolls of short-stretch bandaging for a quick and easy nighttime garment. The Caresia is comfortable because the foam layer disperses the pressure of the bandaging, and less bandaging is needed. If a smaller sleeve is chosen for a closer fit, then the Caresia Outer Jacket can be worn over it for extra compression and no bandaging is needed!
The Caresia Bandage Liner is much less expensive than our custom-made Tribute directional flow sleeve. However, it is very useful in control of lymphedema and is a great low-cost alternative, especially for the control of milder edemas. Consult your therapist or fitter to see what the best choice is for you.
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