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Light compression bandage, elastic, knitted/woven, width less than three inches, per yard

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Light Compression Bandage Application (A6448)
Common Name(s): Light compression bandage, elastic bandage
Technical Term: Elastic, knitted/woven bandage, width less than three inches, per yard


A light compression bandage is a type of medical dressing used to apply gentle pressure to an injured or swollen area. This bandage helps to reduce swelling, provide support, and promote healing by improving blood circulation.


Medical Conditions Addressed:

  • Swelling and edema
  • Minor injuries such as sprains and strains
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous leg ulcers

Goals/Expected Outcomes:

  • Reduce swelling and inflammation
  • Improve blood flow
  • Provide support and stability to injured areas
  • Promote faster healing


Specific Symptoms/Conditions:

  • Visible swelling or edema
  • Pain or discomfort in the affected area
  • Diagnosis of varicose veins or venous ulcers

Patient Criteria:

  • Suitable for patients with mild to moderate swelling or injuries
  • Appropriate for those who can tolerate gentle compression


Pre-procedure Instructions:

  • Keep the affected area clean and dry
  • Depending on the condition, a healthcare provider might prescribe pain relief medication
  • No specific fasting or diagnostic tests are generally needed

Procedure Description

  1. Assessment: The healthcare provider evaluates the injury or swelling.
  2. Preparation: The area is cleaned and dried.
  3. Application: The elastic, knitted/woven bandage (less than three inches in width) is gently wrapped around the affected area. Care is taken to ensure even pressure without constriction.
  4. Securing: The bandage is secured using clips or adhesive tape.

Tools/Equipment Used:

  • Elastic, knitted/woven bandage (A6448)
  • Scissors (for cutting the bandage to appropriate length)
  • Clips or adhesive tape


  • Not required for this procedure


The application of a light compression bandage typically takes about 10 to 15 minutes.


This procedure can be performed:

  • In a hospital
  • At an outpatient clinic
  • At home if instructed by a healthcare professional


  • Nurses
  • Primary care physicians
  • Physical therapists
  • Trained caregivers or patients themselves in a home setting

Risks and Complications

Common Risks:

  • Skin irritation or redness
  • Discomfort if bandage is too tight

Rare Complications:

  • Restricted blood flow if the bandage is applied improperly


  • If discomfort or restricted circulation occurs, the bandage should be adjusted or removed.


Expected Benefits:

  • Immediate reduction in swelling
  • Enhanced comfort and support for injured areas
  • Potential for faster healing

Realization Time:

  • Benefits may be noticed immediately and continue with consistent use.


Post-procedure Care:

  • Maintain bandage cleanliness and dryness
  • Follow healthcare provider's instructions for bandage changes
  • Monitor for signs of excessive tightness or impaired circulation

Expected Recovery Time:

  • Varies depending on the condition but generally improves within days to weeks.


  • Regular follow-up might be required for chronic conditions
  • Activity modification as advised by the healthcare provider


Other Treatment Options:

  • No bandage with rest and elevation
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Alternative compression therapies (e.g., compression stockings)

Pros and Cons:

  • No Bandage: Less intervention but slower recovery
  • Medications: Additional symptom control but possible side effects
  • Other Compression Therapies: May offer more consistent pressure but might be costlier

Patient Experience

During and After Procedure:

  • Might experience mild discomfort initially
  • Possible feeling of support and slight pressure
  • Increased comfort as swelling reduces

Pain Management:

  • Over-the-counter pain medications if needed

Comfort Measures:

  • Elevate the affected limb
  • Apply ice packs intermittently according to healthcare provider guidelines

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