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Light compression bandage, elastic, knitted/woven, width greater than or equal to three inches and less than five inches, per yard

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Light Compression Bandage, Elastic, Knitted/Woven, Width Greater Than or Equal to Three Inches and Less Than Five Inches (HCPCS Code A6449). It is commonly referred to as a light compression bandage.


A light compression bandage is an elastic, knitted, or woven medical device used primarily to manage swelling or promote healing in various conditions. These bandages provide gentle compression to an affected area and are typically applied by healthcare professionals.


Light compression bandages are used to:

  • Reduce and manage swelling (edema)
  • Support injured tissues
  • Improve blood flow in chronic venous insufficiency
  • Assist in wound healing

The goal is to alleviate symptoms, promote quicker healing, and improve patient comfort.


  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Minor sprains and strains
  • Post-surgical swelling
  • Edema management
  • Superficial vein thrombosis
  • Certain types of ulcers

Patients who exhibit these conditions, along with those needing support for minor injuries, may benefit from a light compression bandage.


  • No specific preparatory instructions such as fasting are required.
  • The affected area should be clean and dry.
  • Any open wounds should be properly dressed before bandage application.

Procedure Description

  1. The healthcare provider will clean and inspect the affected area.
  2. The light compression bandage, measuring between three and five inches wide, will be selected.
  3. The bandage will be unrolled and gently wrapped around the affected area, typically starting from the distal part (farther from the heart) and working proximally (toward the heart).
  4. Overlapping each layer by about half of its width ensures even compression.
  5. The bandage will be secured using clips or tape without causing discomfort or restricting blood flow.


The application of the bandage generally takes about 5-10 minutes.


Light compression bandages can be applied in various settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and at home under the guidance of healthcare professionals.


  • Primary Care Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Wound Care Specialists
  • Medical Assistants

Risks and Complications

Common Risks:

  • Skin irritation or allergic reactions
  • Discomfort if applied too tightly

Rare Complications:

  • Impaired circulation if excessive compression is applied
  • Skin breakdown or ulceration

These complications can typically be managed by adjusting the tightness of the bandage and monitoring the affected area.


Expected benefits include reduced swelling, improved blood flow, and support for injured tissues. The benefits are usually realized within a few hours to days, depending on the condition being treated.


Post-procedure care includes:

  • Regularly checking the bandaged area for signs of irritation or excessive tightness
  • Reapplying the bandage as instructed, usually 1-2 times daily
  • Following up with healthcare providers as scheduled

The expected recovery time varies depending on the underlying condition, but significant improvement is often seen within days to weeks.


Other treatment options:

  • Compression stockings
  • Pneumatic compression devices
  • Pharmacological treatments (e.g., diuretics for edema)
  • Surgical interventions for chronic venous insufficiency

Each alternative has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Compression stockings, for instance, are less dependent on proper application techniques but may provide less targeted support.

Patient Experience

Patients may feel gentle pressure during and after the application of the bandage. There may be minor discomfort initially, which typically resolves as they adjust to the sensation. Pain management is usually not necessary, but if discomfort persists, the bandage should be checked for proper application. Comfort measures include ensuring the bandage is not too tight and providing padding to bony areas if needed.

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