Currently, there are more than 200,000 cases of lymphedema per year in the US. Lymphedema therapy can help, whether you have developed the condition or a loved one near you have been diagnosed with lymphedema, we’re here to help — from the most basic to the most complex cases. We’ll keep sight of the big picture of your lymphedema condition, coordinate with any specialists you may need to see and help you navigate the larger health system. We’re successful when you control your condition, rather than it controlling you.
What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a chronic condition of the lymphatic system affecting breast cancer survivors, morbidly obese, cardiac, renal, liver and patients that suffer from venous insufficiency. Patients with venous ulcers are at risk of developing lymphedema as well.
Both, lymphedema and ostomy patients are currently underserved, especially in outpatient clinics. Outpatient services for this population must include education, training, management of complex cases, and assisting with appliances/products for their lymphedema and ostomies.
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), compression bandaging, exercise, and skincare.
Lymphedema tends to progress without proper treatments, but the rate of progression can vary dramatically. Patients should receive lymphedema therapy services from a certified clinician consisting of complete decongestive therapy, manual lymph drainage, short stretch bandaging, exercises to augment the internal pumping mechanism, skincare, and self-management education. Having an individualized lymphedema program with goals set to be met from 6-12 weeks will allow the patient to manage the condition and prevent other complications associated with lymphedema.