Lymphedema is a condition resulting in swelling of one or more limbs and/or trunk due to the accumulation of fluid in the interstitial tissues. It can be the result of surgery, trauma, disease, radiation therapy, venous insufficiency, deep vein thrombosis, obesity or the congenital malformation of the lymph system.
Lymphedema is treated through Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT).
Key components of CDT:
- Manual lymph drainage (a specialized massage to encourage flow of lymph fluid)
- Compression Bandaging/Garments to move fluid towards the healthy lymph system
- Exercise to encourage lymph flow in and out of the limbs
- Skin care to prevent infections and to hydrate the skin
- Education and self-care techniques to prevent further compromise of the limb
- Maintained reduction of fluid
- Wound healing and reduced infection risk
- Improved skin health
- Improved limb and overall function
- Improved quality of life and the ability to move, walk and perform daily tasks
- Improved fit of clothing/shoes
For more information on the lymphedema therapy services offered at Carlinville Area Hospital please contact us at 217-854-3141 x298.