Lymphedema is a swelling of a body part, most often the extremities
Lakewood Health System Occupational Therapist, Janet Byland, is a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT). Lymphedema is a swelling of a body part, most often the extremities. Lymphedema may be present at birth or develop later in life, and is often the result of surgery or radiation therapy for cancer. Once present, this chronic and progressive condition will not disappear by itself. Education following mastectomy is vitally important. Occupational therapists are able to provide education on ways to minimize the risk of lymphedema.
There is no cure for Lymphedema. Therefore, the goal of the therapy is to reduce the swelling and to maintain the reduction. For the majority of the patients this can be achieved by the skillful application of this therapy, which is safe, reliable and non-invasive.
“Managing Lymphedema requires commitment and dedication,” said Byland. “So now when patients experience the challenges of Lymphedema, they have options available to them – close to home!”
For further information, please contact Lakewood Health System’s Rehabilitation Department at 218-894-8427.