A blockage in the lymphatic system, part of the circulatory and immune systems, can lead to a condition called lymphedema — a condition in lymph fluid builds up beneath the skin, causing swelling in the arms or legs. Generally just one arm or leg will swell, but sometimes both will.
There are many reasons that people may develop lymphedema — including surgery for cancer with removal of lymph nodes, radiation therapy, and accidental trauma.
It’s a chronic and progressive disease that, if left untreated, can worsen over time.
At MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, our Certified Lymphedema Therapists are trained in the comprehensive management of lymphedema. Our therapists will work with you to establish an individualized plan of care to address the symptoms and reduce the severity of your lymphedema.
The lymphedema program at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital includes:
- Initial evaluation by a Certified Lymphedema Therapist
- Manual lymph drainage/massage
- Compression garment fitting
- Therapeutic exercises
- Skin care
- Self-care instructions
A physician referral for “Lymphedema Therapy” is required.