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Why does my remaining limb have to be wrapped?

Wrapping the residual stump is very important to manage pain and boost healing as your medical team gets the limb ready for the temporary prosthesis. In fact, edema or swelling is controlled when there is post-operative casting or a tight, compression bandage on the  residual limb (stump). If your wound has not closed, your doctor may wrap the limb with an elastic bandage.

If you are uncertain how to wrap the limb, ask your doctor or nurse to show you how. Then ask them to watch you wrap the limb until you are confident that you are doing it properly. If the  residual limb (stump) is wrapped improperly, there is a serious risk of increased swelling and pain. After the limb is wrapped, it’s important to protect the limb from injury. Elevating the limb may help decrease inflammation and pain. You can talk with your physical or occupational therapist about other ways to boost healing and decrease pain with the residual limb.

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