Swelling resulting from cancer, surgery, trauma, infection, venous insufficiency or hereditary condition can cause pain, open wounds, loss of tissue function, increased risk for infection, loss of mobility and hospitalization.
The Lymphedema Management program gives patients 6-12 visits with a therapist for:
- Patient education -- skin care, precautions and prevention of swelling
- Manual lymph drainage -- to mobilize fluids in the lymph system by movement of proteins and fluid into the initial lymphatics
- Multi-layering bandaging -- low-stretch bandages are applied to increase the resting and working pressures of the limb to help decrease swelling
- Exercise -- to increase the uptake of fluids by the initial lymphatics, utilize the muscle pump, increase range of motion and strength, and increase functional mobility
- Referral for compression garments
Patients with uncontrolled congestive heart failure, acute cellulitis, acute tuberculosis, untreated malignant tumors or uncontrolled renal hypertension are NOT candidates for the Lymphedema Management program.
For more information, call (989) 497-3100.