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Self-adherent bandage, elastic, non-knitted/non-woven, width greater than or equal to five inches, per yard

HCPCS code

Name of the Procedure:

Common Name: Self-adherent Bandage, Elastic, Non-knitted/Non-woven Technical/Medical Term: HCPCS Code A6455


This procedure involves the application of a self-adherent, elastic bandage that is non-knitted and non-woven, measuring five inches or more in width, per yard. These bandages are designed to provide support and compression to injured or healing body parts without the need for additional adhesive tapes.


The main purpose of this bandage is to offer support and compression to areas that are injured or healing, such as sprains, strains, or post-surgical sites. The expected outcomes include reduced swelling, better immobilization of the affected area, and faster healing.


The procedure is indicated for:

  • Swelling and edema management
  • Stabilization of sprains and strains
  • Post-surgical support
  • Managing minor fractures or joint injuries

Patient criteria include having a condition that requires controlled compression and support to aid in healing and prevent further injury.


No specific pre-procedure instructions are generally needed for applying this type of bandage. However, the patient's skin should be clean and dry, free of any lotions or creams, to ensure proper adherence.

No diagnostic tests or assessments are typically required beforehand unless otherwise advised by a healthcare provider.

Procedure Description

  1. Clean and Dry Area: Ensure the skin is clean and dry.
  2. Positioning: Place the affected limb or area in the desired position.
  3. First Wrap: Start wrapping the bandage from the distal end (far end) of the affected area.
  4. Applying Bandage: Unroll the bandage while moving toward the proximal end (closer to the body), overlapping each turn by about half the width of the bandage.
  5. Tension: Apply appropriate tension to ensure compression without cutting off circulation.
  6. Securing: Press down on the bandage to ensure it adheres to itself.
Tools and Equipment Used:
  • Self-adherent elastic bandage (non-knitted/non-woven, 5 inches or wider)

There is typically no need for anesthesia or sedation for this procedure.


The procedure generally takes about 5-10 minutes to complete.


This procedure can be performed in various settings, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Home care settings


  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Physical therapists
  • Medical assistants

Risks and Complications

  • Common Risks: Skin irritation, redness, or rash due to the bandage material.
  • Rare Risks: Allergic reaction to the material, development of pressure sores if applied too tightly.
  • Complications Management: Adjusting the tension of the bandage, using hypoallergenic alternatives, regular monitoring for signs of complications.


  • Reduced swelling and edema
  • Improved support and stabilization of injured areas
  • Accelerated healing process

The benefits can be realized almost immediately upon proper application.


  • Post-procedure Care: Monitoring the bandage for proper fit and tension, regular reapplication if it becomes loose.
  • Expected Recovery Time: Varies depending on the underlying condition but typically spans from days to weeks.
  • Follow-up: Regular follow-up appointments to monitor progress and adjust treatment as necessary.


  • Compression Stockings/Sleeves: Provide similar support but may be less adjustable.
  • Adhesive Bandages: May offer more secure adhesion but could irritate the skin.
  • Elastic Tape: Offers targeted support but requires more skill for proper application.

Patient Experience

The patient may initially feel tightness and firm support from the bandage. It may feel slightly uncomfortable but should not cause pain. Proper pain management can be achieved through oral analgesics if discomfort persists.

Overall, the bandage should provide a sense of stability and support, especially during movement. Regular monitoring and adjustments can help ensure comfort and effectiveness.

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