Inpatient Lymphedema Therapy

A therapist wrapping a patient's armLymphedema is a condition characterized by the development of protein rich fluid that results in the swelling of one or more limbs. Primary lymphedema may develop in infancy, childhood, or as an early adult and is the result of malformed lymph vessels. Secondary lymphedema may develop as the result of damage to the lymphatic system following surgery (e.g. post-mastectomy), radiation, or injury. In both cases, Lymphedema can not be cured but can be managed. The goal of the Lymphedema Management Clinic is to teach individuals to successfully manage and control their lymphedema independently.

The certified lymphedema therapists at Augusta Health utilize the Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) approach to lymphedema. This approach includes two phases of treatment. Phase I is clinic based, while Phase II is home-based, where individuals continue their management process.

Phase I involves:

  • patient education
  • compression bandaging
  • manual lymph drainage
  • exercise

Phase II continues at home with:

  • a home exercise program
  • compression garments for wear during the day
  • compression bandaging during night/sleep hours
  • ongoing skin care.

Lymphedema Management Clinic

The Lymphedema Management Clinic is part of our out-patient therapy department. A physician prescription is needed before the evaluation can take place.

For more information or to schedule an evaluation, please contact us at (540) 332-5935

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