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Lymphedema can be painful and uncomfortable. It may also put you at increased risk for infection. There’s no cure for this condition, but our outpatient therapies may help you to manage your symptoms and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Lymphedema Program at Mary Free BedThe Lymphedema Program at the Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Outpatient Therapy Center specializes in treating patients with lymphedema and other edemas caused by:

• Congenital abnormality (this is known as primary lymphedema)
• Effects of surgery, radiation or injury (this is known as secondary lymphedema)
• Edema from venous disease
• Dependent edema resulting from a neurologic or traumatic injury

We’ll teach you proper skin care and diet, massage techniques, exercises and compression techniques. We work with you on an individual basis to increase your knowledge, safety and independence.

Your treatment begins with an evaluation to determine the services most appropriate for your care. This includes complete decongestive therapy to teach you proper skin care techniques to prevent infection. We may use a specialized massage technique to facilitate lymphatic flow within your body. This typically results in better function and movement of your affected limb.

You and your caregiver may learn compressive bandaging techniques, with low-stretch bandages used to create pressure that prevents fluid from returning to your affected limb. We’ll also teach you an exercise program to use in conjunction with your bandaging routine. You may also be measured and fitted for special compression garments.

Family involvement and education are important parts of our lymphedema and edema therapy program. You and your family will learn the skills and techniques necessary to treat and manage your condition at home. We also provide you with instruction in proper diet, skin care and exercise. This knowledge can empower you to prevent infection and avoid injury and hospitalization.

To be seen in our outpatient program, you must have your physician evaluate your condition and write a prescription.


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