Lymphedema Treatment

Lymphedema Treatment

What should you know about lymphedema?

How do you know if you have lymphedema?

What should you do if you think you have lymphedema?

Why choose Swedish for help with your lymphedema?

What can you expect when you seek help from a lymphedema
therapist?


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What should you know about lymphedema?

  • Lymphedema is a condition in which excess fluid collects
    in the tissue and causes swelling. The lymph system carries
    lymph fluid, nutrients and wate material between the
    body tissues and the bloodstream.
  • Lymphedema can occur when lymphatic vessels or lymph
    nodes are damaged by surgical removal, radiation therapy,
    cancer  or infection.
  • Surgery and other treatment for cancer is often the cause
    of lymphedema; however, lymphedema can occur
    in individuals who do not have cancer.

How do you know if you have lymphedema?

  • The most common signs are swelling, pain, tightness, or
    feelings of  heaviness in the area of the surgery or arm
    or other affected areas in the chest.

What should you do if you think you have lymphedema?

  • Lymphedema is not an emergency but it is important
    to get prompt care to prevent lymphedema from 
    worsening.
  • Talk with your heath-care provider; lymphedema can
    be successfully managed.

Why choose Swedish for help with your lymphedema?

  • Our therapists have expertise in oncology care and
    advanced training in lymphedema assessment and therapy.
  • We have been treating lymphedema for more than a decade.
    Our therapists see more than 200 people yearly seeking
    help with their lymphedema, often with complex medical
    complications.
  • Treatment is available at five Swedish Rehabilitation
    Services locations:  Ballard, Edmonds, Factoria,
    Swedish-Cherry Hill and Swedish-First Hill.  

What can you expect when you seek help from a lymphedema
 therapist?

  • Assessment of swelling, pain, movement and function.
  • Education about lymphedema and the strategies to
    manage it or reduce the chance of developing it.
  • Treatment to decrease swelling such as manual massage,
    compression bandaging, and compression garment
    prescription when needed.
  • Treatment to improve range of motion and decrease joint
    pain and scar tissue tightness.
  • Home program instruction in self-massage and exercise.



 




 




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