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Compression burn garment, not otherwise classified

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Compression Burn Garment (HCPCS Code: A6512)


A Compression Burn Garment is a specialized medical garment designed to apply consistent pressure to burn areas, which aids in healing and reduces the formation of hypertrophic scars. It is custom-fitted for each patient to ensure effectiveness and comfort.


Compression burn garments are used primarily to manage scarring after severe burns or surgeries. The goals are to minimize scar tissue formation, improve skin appearance, and enhance mobility in the affected areas. These garments help flatten and soften raised scars, thereby promoting a smoother skin texture.


  • Severe burns covering large areas of the body
  • Post-burn grafting procedures
  • Hypertrophic or keloid scar management
  • Patients who have undergone surgical procedures that result in significant scarring


  • Patients should ensure the affected area is clean and dry before fitting the garment.
  • No fasting or medication adjustments are typically required.
  • A detailed assessment of the burn area will be conducted, and measurements will be taken to create a custom garment.

Procedure Description

  1. Assessment and Measurement: Healthcare professionals will assess the burn area's dimensions and contours.
  2. Customization: A custom garment is designed and fabricated based on the measurements.
  3. Fitting: Once the garment is ready, it is fitted to the patient to ensure it applies the correct amount of pressure uniformly across the burn area.
  4. Instructions: Patients receive guidance on how to wear, clean, and maintain the garment.

Tools used include measuring tapes, templates for customization, and the compression garment itself. No anesthesia or sedation is required.


The fitting process typically takes about 30 minutes.


The procedure is usually performed in an outpatient clinic or a specialized burn treatment center.


  • Burn specialist or occupational therapist
  • Medical technologists who specialize in custom garment fabrication
  • Nursing staff for patient education and support

Risks and Complications

  • Skin irritation or rashes
  • Discomfort or restricted movement
  • In rare cases, improper fit could lead to inadequate compression or excessive pressure, potentially exacerbating the scar tissue formation.


  • Improved scar appearance
  • Reduced itching and pain associated with hypertrophic scars
  • Enhanced mobility and range of motion in the affected area
  • Psychological benefits due to improved body image


  • Patients generally wear the garment for 12-24 hours a day.
  • Garments are worn for several months to over a year, depending on the severity of the burns and individual healing rates.
  • Follow-up appointments are necessary to assess progress and make adjustments to the garment as needed.


  • Silicone gel sheets and ointments for scar management
  • Laser therapy to improve scar appearance
  • Surgical scar revision if compression therapy is insufficient

Pros and cons vary: alternative methods may be less restrictive but also potentially less effective for significant burns.

Patient Experience

Patients might initially find the garment tight and uncomfortable but generally adapt over time. Proper hygiene and regular garment cleaning are essential for comfort and skin health. Pain management strategies include regular follow-up and adjustments to the garment to ensure optimal pressure distribution.

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