Lymphedema is swelling of a body part (usually an arm or leg) due to an ineffective or damaged lymph drainage system. Lymphatic fluid is the fluid in your body surrounding and supporting your cells. The lymphedema system includes vessels and lymph nodes that transport the lymph fluid.
Primary Lymphedema is due to congenital (from birth) or hereditary conditions. Secondary Lymphedema is more common and can be caused by some cancer treatments, trauma, injury, surgical procedures that remove or damage lymph vessels and lymph nodes, or scarring. Left untreated, lymphedema can develop into further complications including serious infections, pain, and disability. Lymphedema affects both men and women.
Lymphedema Therapy is provided after referral from a physician and provides patients with a comprehensive evaluation and effective treatment plan to manage their condition.
The lymphedema program is managed by a Certified Lymphedema Therapist and consists of
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
- Intermittent Compression Therapy
- Multi-Layered Bandaging including home instruction
- Custom Lymphedema Garment Fitting
- Therapeutic Exercises to promote lymph drainage
- Education for patients and families on the condition and prevention methods
- Patient Advocacy for Lymphedema Awareness, Prevention and Treatment