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Self-adherent bandage, elastic, non-knitted/non-woven, width less than three inches, per yard

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Name of the Procedure:

Self-adherent bandage, elastic, non-knitted/non-woven, width less than three inches, per yard (HCPCS A6453)


This procedure involves the application of a self-adherent, elastic bandage that is non-knitted and non-woven. The bandage is less than three inches in width and is measured per yard. It is designed to stay in place without the need for tape or clips.


The main purpose of this bandage is to provide support and compression to soft tissues and joints, helping to reduce swelling, alleviate pain, and enhance the healing process.


  • Sprains and strains
  • Swelling due to injuries
  • Support for muscle injuries
  • Management of venous insufficiencies


  • Ensure the area to be bandaged is clean and dry.
  • No specific pre-procedure tests are required.

Procedure Description

  1. Select the appropriate bandage size: Ensure the bandage is less than three inches wide.
  2. Initial Wrap: Secure the starting end of the bandage over the affected area.
  3. Wrapping: Wrap the bandage around the limb or joint, overlapping by about half the width of the bandage with each turn.
  4. Tension: Apply appropriate tension to ensure compression without restricting circulation.
  5. Securing: The self-adherent nature of the bandage will hold it in place without additional fasteners.
Tools, Equipment, or Technology Used:
  • The self-adherent elastic bandage.
Anesthesia or Sedation Details:
  • Not applicable.


The application of the bandage typically takes a few minutes.


This procedure can be performed in various settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Physical therapy centers
  • At home by patients or caregivers


  • Healthcare professionals such as nurses or physical therapists may apply the bandage.
  • Patients or caregivers can also be instructed on proper application techniques.

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Skin irritation, allergy to the bandage material, improper compression.
  • Rare Risks: Circulation issues if applied too tightly, delayed healing if not used correctly.


  • Expected Benefits: Reduced swelling and pain, improved healing process, support for injured areas.
  • Timeline: Benefits can be noticed shortly after application and improve with consistent use.


  • Post-Procedure Care: Keep the bandaged area clean and dry.
  • Expected Recovery Time: Varies depending on the underlying condition; regular reapplication may be necessary.
  • Restrictions: Avoid activities that could worsen the injury.
  • Follow-Up: Regular assessments by healthcare providers to monitor progress.


  • Elastic wraps with clips or tape: Requires additional securing materials.
  • Compression sleeves: May be easier for some patients to apply but lack the adjustability of bandages.
  • Pros and Cons: Each option varies in ease of use, level of compression, and comfort.

Patient Experience

  • During the Procedure: The procedure is generally painless.
  • After the Procedure: May feel a snug, supportive compression; minimal discomfort.
  • Pain Management and Comfort Measures: Adjust tension to ensure a comfortable level of compression. If pain or discomfort occurs, reassess the application and consult a healthcare provider if necessary.

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