Stump Bandage

What are the materials that can be used for stump bandaging?

Lightweight  bandage 
This is a net-like stretch bandage that allows for good ventilation.

How early should I bandage my stump?

  • Stump bandaging starts immediately after the amputation (after removal of any post operative cast, if any). This is necessary as there will be quick development of edema during the post-operative  period.

How often must I apply the stump bandaging?

Stump bandaging is worn day and night.

Preferably, stump bandaging should be re?applied every 4 hours or when the bandage feels loose, whichever is earlier.

This is to allow for:

How much bandage tension is enough?

It should be noted that it is difficult to achieve the same tension each time the bandage is applied. However, the final result should always feel snug and comfortable and does not cause any pain due to excessive tightness or feels too loose.

Is there a situation when a stump bandage should not be applied?

Yes. This occurs when there is poor blood circulation to the stump or there is abnormal skin reaction towards bandaging.

Stump bandage should not be applied when:

How long does it take for my limb to stop shrinking?

This depends on many factors. The levels of your amputation and size of your limb are important factors. If your stump is fleshy, it will take longer for the stump to shrink as compared to a bony stump. For an upper limb amputation, it may take a shorter duration to shrink compared to a lower limb amputation.

How long does it take for my limb to stop shrinking?

This depends on many factors. The levels of your amputation and size of your limb are important factors. If your stump is fleshy, it will take longer for the stump to shrink as compared to a bony stump. For an upper limb amputation, it may take a shorter duration to shrink compared to a lower limb amputation.
As a general rule, it takes anywhere from 3-6 months for an upper limb and 6-12 months for a lower-limb stump to fully shrink.

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