Lakewood Health System provides lymphedema services at both our main campus and Browerville locations. 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 patients this can be achieved by the skillful application of this therapy, which is safe, reliable and non-invasive. It combines manual lymph drainage (MLD), and complete decongestive therapy (CDT) in a four-step process to decrease swelling.