Lymphedema and many other conditions causing edema are treatable and manageable with proper care. CentraState’s Lymphedema Treatment Program offers focused and effective care for patients experiencing the condition. Our staff of certified lymphedema therapists is trained and committed to helping you through managing your edema.
CentraState’s Lymphedema Treatment Program is one of only a few organizations recognized by the National Lymphedema Network—an internationally accredited organization founded to provide education and guidance regarding lymphedema management.
WHAT IS LYMPHEDEMA?
Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid that causes swelling, most often in the arms or legs, but occasionally in other body parts, including the face, neck, abdomen, and genital area. It occurs when the channels and ducts that transport lymph, a protein-rich fluid, are missing, impaired or damaged.
Primary lymphedema, also known as congenital lymphedema, can be present at birth or develop at the onset of puberty or adulthood.
Secondary lymphedema, also known as acquired lymphedema, often occurs following surgery or radiation, especially after the removal of lymph nodes.
If swelling and inflammation remain unchecked, the tissue thickens and hardens – reducing oxygen availability in the circulatory system, interfering with wound healing, and providing a breeding ground for infection and more severe symptoms.
- A feeling of heaviness
- Numbness or tingling in their hands or feet
- Skin and nail changes
- Pain in one or more areas of the body
- Balance difficulties
- Bowel or bladder problems
LYMPHEDEMA SERVICES AND SUPPORT
While lymphedema is often a chronic, progressive condition, it can be treated and managed with proper care. At CentraState, our therapists use the gold standard of treatment, which is called complete decongestive therapy (CDT). This includes lymph drainage, compression bandaging, education about proper skin care and nutrition, use of compression garments, and specialized exercises, along with self-care instructions for use at home.
Some people who have undergone cancer treatment may experience lymphedema. Patients with cancer and cancer survivors may benefit from rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Our team of therapists works collaboratively with you and your medical team to develop a personalized plan of care that optimizes your return to function. We are available while you are in the hospital and in the outpatient setting. Our evidence-based, integrative approach helps ensure that your transition back to your lifestyle will be much easier.
CentraState periodically holds lymphedema support groups that are available to all who are experiencing lymphedema or are at risk for developing lymphedema, whether in treatment or not. Family members, friends, and caretakers are welcome.
To learn more about upcoming dates, call 732-294-2700.