Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the interstitial tissue that causes swelling, most often in the arm or legs, and occasionally in other parts of the body. Lymphedema can develop when lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired (born with it) or when lymph vessels or lymph nodes are damaged (radiation) or removed as a part of cancer treatments.
Treatment consists of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (specialized massage to mobilize the lymphatic fluid), compression bandaging, fitting with a compression garment, exercise and education on how to manage your lymphedema independently after completion of the program.
The Lymphedema Treatment Program is designed to relieve patients of the painful swelling associated with the accumulation of lymph fluid usually in the arm, leg, face, neck, stomach or lung. We help patients bring the lymphedema under control through lifestyle changes and teach them how to live an active life with the disease.
Our staff is experienced in dealing with early to advanced stages of lymphedema. Therapists work with primary care and specialty physicians to develop a plan of care tailored to the patient. Treatment of lymphedema should begin soon after diagnosis and may include:
- Compression garments
- Nutrition counseling
- Manual lymph draining
- Bandaging and compression
- Hygiene and topical skin products
- Remedial exercises
- Pneumatic compression devices
All patients must receive a written referral from their health care provider to participate in this program.