Improving quality of life for patients with swollen limbs
Lymphedema is the swelling of arms, legs or other parts of the body due to excessive accumulation of fluid related to problems with the lymph system. The chronic condition progressively deteriorates the limbs, making them prone to infection. While not curable, lymphedema is manageable and proper treatment improves health and quality of life.
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Lymphedema treatment hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lymphedema is most commonly found in patients who experience the following:
- Cancer treatment
- Chronic venous disease
- Traumatic injury
- Surgery Lipedema
- Family history of Lymphedema
Ellis Medicine offers a comprehensive program that helps eliminate and prevent infection, while alleviating and managing the pain and debilitation brought on by lymphedema. Our patients benefit from intense clinical treatment and they learn to easily maintain their progress through self care. The program is most successful when patients are committed and actively engaged in their ongoing care.
Lymphedema management is a two-phase process that begins with intense clinical therapy by lymphedema experts in Ellis Hospital's outpatient setting. It requires 3-5 patient visits a week for 4-8 weeks.
Phase One - Clinical Therapy includes:
- Skin Care: Cleansing and lubrication prevent infection in the affected limb.
- Manual Lymph Drainage: Gentle, manual stimulation and massage of lymphatic vessels helps body eliminate excess fluid.
- Compression bandaging and garments: Prevent fluid from accumulating again in treated area.
- Exercise: Our experts design an individual exercise program, which, along with compression bandaging, reduces swelling.
Phase Two - Maintenance:
As an active member of his/her therapy team, the patient is taught how to use bandages and lymph stimulation techniques at home to maintain progress.