While at the National Lymphedema Network (NLN) Conference in San Diego, I had the opportunity to talk to many vendors about their products. Two of the products that I have recommended to my own patients who, for whatever reason, were not able to apply conventiona compression wraps were Circaid Products and Farrow Wraps. Both companies offer low-cost alternatives to self-wrapping.
You can contact Circaid products directly by going to: www.circaid.com
You can access prices on Farrow Wraps by going to Bandages Plus, an authorized distributor of Farrow Medical. This web address will take you right to the pricing page, with photos and even a video showing the Farrow Wraps and how they work:www.bandagesplus.com/catgrp.php?xGrp=38
Both types are easier to apply compared to conventional compression bandages. But keep in mind that no device out there completely replaces properly applied compression bandages because of the need to maintain appropriate graded pressure.
I've heard mixed reviews about both types of alternative wraps. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another, even with the same or similar problem. So you and your therapist will have to determine what might work to your best advantage. Be sure to discuss your needs with the sales representative to make sure you are getting the right product. Also be sure to discuss return policies so that if it doesn't work, will the company work with you for another resolution?
If your therapist is not a DME (Durable Medical Supplier) you will need to contact someone locally who is and have them measure you for the device you choose and order it for you. You may be able to order them directly by having your therapist do the measurements on one of their forms, which can be ordered from the companies. I use a DME supplier who also takes care of ordering other compression devices and garments for my patients so it is not an issue for me to get what I need for my patients.
There are many other devices on the market to make night wrapping easier but some of them can run well into the thousands of dollars. I chose Circaid and Farrow sspecifically because most of my patients don't have the out-of-pocket money nor the insurance coverage for the more expensive devices. Both Circaid and Farrow offer low cost off-the-shelf models for under $100 per limb (a bit more for custom or full leg lenth).
As for the "bumps" on your leg, what does your therapist, if you have one, say about it? It is difficult to recommend a solution without seeing the problem first-hand and in person. Is there sharp pain, redness, or additional swelling associated with these bumps? If so, I would strongly recommend you see your doctor as soon as possible and consider having an ultra sound done to rule out possible DVTs (deep venous thrombosis, or "clots"). If DVTs are not an issue then I would definately consider adding a thicker layer of cotton wrap or pieces of foam over the bumps to help reduce them.
I wish you luck, and if we can be of further help, please stop by again.