Doylestown Health's Lymphedema Management program is designed to help patients who are experiencing lymphedema. Lymphedema is a permanent condition that develops when fluid collects in tissues and results in chronic swelling (edema). There is no cure for lymphedema, but with treatment patients can see a reduction in swelling and discomfort.
Lymphedema can occur as a result of:
Factors that increase risk of lymphedema include:
Symptoms of Lymphedema
Lymphedema is best managed if treated early. Tell your doctor or nurse immediately if you experience any symptoms of lymphedema.
About Our Program
Doylestown Health's certified lymphedema therapists are specially trained in comprehensive lymphedema management. Our program uses complete decongestive therapy (CDT), the internationally preferred approach used to treat lymphedema. Our team emphasizes self-care and will teach you how to manage your lymphedema.
Complete decongestive therapy (CDT) includes:
- Manual lymphatic drainage
- Compression bandaging
- Therapeutic exercises
- Compression garments
- Skin care
Axillary Web Syndrome (Cording)
Another complication that can occur as a result of cancer surgery is axillary web syndrome (cording). This is a rope-like structure under the skin, most commonly found in the upper arm. It can cause pain and limit your ability to reach overhead.
Common symptoms include:
- Tightness in the armpit or shoulder
- Difficulty raising the arm overhead
- Feeling a pulling sensation down the arm when reaching overhead
Axillary web syndrome can be treated with physical therapy. Tell your doctor if you experience any signs of axillary web syndrome.
The Lymphedema Management program works in close collaboration with Doylestown Health's Cancer Institute, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and a member of Jefferson's Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network.
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