What is Lymphedema and what can you do about it?
Lymphedema is a collection of fluid that causes swelling (edema) in the arms and legs. One of the causes of lymphedema is surgery to remove lymph nodes, usually during cancer treatment. Normally, lymph nodes filter fluid as it flows through them, trapping bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances, which are then destroyed by special white blood cells called lymphocytes. Without normal lymph drainage, fluid can build up in the affected arm or leg, and lymphedema can develop.
Hudson Hospital & Clinic Rehabilitation Center offers Lymphedema Services
This service provides gentle massage techniques and compression therapy to manage acute or chronic edema due to venous insufficiency, injury, and surgery or cancer treatment. Our therapists are certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), also called Complex Decongestive Therapy (CDT). Patients are encouraged to participate with their treatment by performing a series of exercises at home and are also expected to apply compression bandages daily until the edema has decreased enough for them to be professionally fitted with a permanent compression sleeve or stocking. Therapists are also well trained to work with patients at all stages of recovery during and after chemo and radiation treatments. Kudos to the Rehabilitation Center therapists for providing exceptional patient care every day!