Conditions

Lymphedema

Your comfort is our priority.

Lymphedema is swelling in a body part that can make the limb feel heavy 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. 

The Lymphedema Program at Mary Free Bed specializes in treating patients with swelling from lymphedema and other edemas caused by: 

  • Congenital abnormality (swelling caused by a condition you’re born with) 
  • Effects of surgery, radiation or injury 
  • 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’ll also work with you to increase your knowledge, safety and independence.

What to Expect 

We’ll start with an evaluation to determine the most appropriate plan for your care. We use a treatment technique called complete decongestive physiotherapy, which typically results in better function and movement of your affected limb and reduces the risk of skin problems. 

Getting your family involved and educated are important parts of our lymphedema and edema therapy program. You and your family will learn the skills and techniques necessary to help you treat and manage your condition at home. We’ll teach you about proper diet, skin care and exercise. This knowledge can help you 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. 

Contact Us 
616.840.8005 
800.668.6001 

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