Ace Wrapping Lower Extremity (Leg) Stumps
Ace wrapping the stump after amputation prepares it for fitting artificial limbs (prostheses). Ace
wrapping shrinks and shapes the stump. To wrap, begin with a dry rolled ace bandage. Your
stump should also be dry. Wear the bandage at all times.
Below the Knee Amputations
1. Start at the end of the stump.
Pull the ace wrap diagonally,
in an upward direction to
secure the wrap in place upon
itself. Wrap, making all turns
in a diagonal direction,
forming a criss-cross pattern.
Never use horizontal turns as
they tend to constrict
2. Do not encircle the end of the
stump with one turn. It may
cause the skin to crease over
the scar. Cover the inside,
then the outside end of the
stump with each turn.
3. Continue making diagonal turns. Apply
firm pressure over the end of the stump.
4. Ace bandage pressure should become
less and less as you wrap higher toward
5. Extend the wrap above your knee.
There should be at least one turn above
6. Secure the ace bandage with tape. Do
not use safety pins. Re-wrap your
stump every hours or more often
if the ace bandage slips or bunches.
Above the Knee Amputations
1. Start with the bandage in the groin area.
Roll toward the outside, then behind
and around the stump, covering the
inside. Be certain to keep the bandage
smooth. Avoid wrinkles as they may
cause skin irritations.
2. Roll around behind the stump.
Continue down and around the outside
half of the end.
3. Continue making diagonal turns around
the stump until all skin is covered with
at least two layers of bandage and firm
pressure is obtained over the end.
Avoid encircling the end with one turn
as this tends to cause skin creases in the
Never use circular turns as this
Pressure should be greatest at the end,
and lessen as you wrap toward the hip.
Include all soft tissue on the inside of
the thigh at the groin.
4. Begin the turn around the hip as shown
here. The bandage should be placed as
high as possible on the inside of the
thigh and then cross over the hip joint.
5. Carry the bandage behind and around
the pelvis, crossing just below the waist
on the non-amputated side. Returning
to the amputated side, cross over the hip
6. Finish the bandage by making diagonal
turns around the end of the stump.
Secure the bandage with tape. Do not
use safety pins.
The bandage should not cause pain. If
so, remove the bandage and re-wrap.
Re-wrap your stump every 3-4 hours or
more often if the bandage slips or
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