Initial swelling of residual limb tissue after the operation is expected. This swelling (oedema) is a normal reaction to the operation. It can be prevented by applying pressure over the entire surface.
The purpose of applying pressure over the entire residual limb is to reduce the severity of the residual limb oedema and to shape the residual limb for the fitting of your artificial limb. This compression of the residual limb makes fitting your prosthesis easier and faster. In addition, compression promotes circulation in the residual limb. This reduces pain and helps improve healing of the scar.
A variety of compression therapy techniques are used: the residual limb is wrapped with elastic bandages, compression socks are used or a prefabricated silicone bandage known as a silicone liner is worn.