What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is the swelling of a body part, most often affecting the limbs, due to the accumulation of protein rich fluid in the tissues. This causes excess fluid to enter the area and the tissues to swell. The swelling decreases the oxygenation of the tissues and interferes with their normal functioning. Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive disease that continues to worsen over time when not treated.
What are the symptoms of the Lymphedema?
• Swelling of limb or body part
• Heaviness, aching, tightness
• Limitation of movement
• Joint pain
• Repeated infections (cellulitis)
• Skin dryness and thickening
• Fluid leakage
What are the treatments for Lymphedema?
Our lymphedema philosophy is multifaceted and centered upon the Vodder technique of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), which is recognized as the treatment of choice for lymphedema. The program is individualized for the patient to include:
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) consisting of:
- Skin hygiene
- Manual lymph drainage (MLD)
- Bandaging and compression
- Individualized exercises performed while the limb is bandaged/compressed
Our lymphedema therapists are advance-trained in the treatment and management of lymphedema, including lymphedema affecting the head and neck, lymphatic correction using elastic taping method, advanced bandaging and wound care for lymphedema management.
The Lymphedema Program is located on the ground level of Frye Regional Medical Center. Enter through the Therapy Services Entrance. Complimentary valet parking is available.
For more information about the Lymphedema Program or to schedule an appointment, please call 828.315.3186.