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Non-elastic binder for extremity

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Non-elastic Binder for Extremity (HCPCS Code: A4465)

Common name(s): Compression Binder, Compression Wrap
Technical or medical terms: Non-elastic Compression Binder, Non-elastic Extremity Binder


A non-elastic binder for extremity is a medical device used to provide compression to a part of the body, usually an arm or leg. It is mainly used to control swelling, improve blood flow, and support tissues.


Non-elastic binders help manage conditions that lead to swelling and poor blood circulation, such as chronic venous insufficiency, lymphedema, and post-surgical edema. The primary goal is to reduce swelling, alleviate discomfort, and improve overall limb function.


  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Lymphedema
  • Edema (swelling) due to injury, surgery, or other medical conditions
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous ulcers
  • Conditions requiring enhanced blood circulation in the extremities


  • No specific fasting or medication adjustments are typically required.
  • Initial assessment by a healthcare professional to determine suitability.
  • Measurement of the affected extremity to ensure appropriate fit of the binder.

Procedure Description

  1. Assessment: The healthcare professional assesses the extremity for proper binder size and fit.
  2. Application:
    • The skin is cleaned and dried.
    • The non-elastic binder is wrapped around the extremity in a spiral or figure-eight pattern, ensuring even compression.
    • The binder is secured in place using fasteners such as Velcro or clips.
  3. Adjustment: The binder should be adjusted for comfort and effectiveness, ensuring it is neither too tight nor too loose.

Tools: Non-elastic compression binder, fasteners (Velcro, clips)
Anesthesia: Not applicable


The application of the non-elastic binder typically takes about 10-15 minutes.


The procedure is usually performed in an outpatient clinic, doctor's office, or at the patient's home under the guidance of a healthcare professional.


  • Nurse
  • Physical therapist (PT) or occupational therapist (OT)
  • Physician or physician assistant (PA) for initial assessment

Risks and Complications

  • Skin irritation or breakdown if the binder is too tight or improperly applied
  • Restricted blood flow if overly tight
  • Allergic reactions to the material of the binder


  • Reduction in swelling and discomfort
  • Improved blood circulation in the affected extremity
  • Enhanced mobility and function of the limb Patients often notice improvement within hours to days.


  • Patients are usually able to go about their daily activities immediately after application.
  • Instructions include monitoring for skin changes or discomfort, how to properly reapply the binder, and signs of complications.
  • Follow-up appointments may be necessary for ongoing assessment.


  • Elastic compression stockings or wraps
  • Pneumatic compression devices
  • Surgical intervention for underlying venous issues
  • Pros and cons: Elastic binders can be easier to apply but may not provide as consistent compression. Pneumatic devices tend to be more cumbersome and expensive.

Patient Experience

The application of the non-elastic binder is not typically painful. Patients might feel a snug or tight sensation. Comfort measures include ensuring proper fit and educating the patient on signs of excessive tightness. Pain management may not be necessary, but over-the-counter pain relievers can be used for mild discomfort.

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