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The lymphatic system is a complex network of lymph vessels and nodes throughout the body. It connects to the circulatory system and is responsible for the body’s ability to fight infections. Lymph vessels travel the same route as blood vessels. The system can become overloaded with lymph fluid due to excessive fluid, missing/removed lymph nodes/vessels, and lymphedema will develop.
Lymphedema can develop in any area of the body- arms, legs, breast, chest, face, head, neck, trunk, or genitals.
There are 2 types of lymphedema:
A formal occupational therapy evaluation will be needed before treatment can begin.
WakeMed is currently the only hospital in North Carolina to include an advanced SOZO® screening as part of the evaluation.
SOZO can rapidly detect certain changes in the body before any symptoms occur, which can reduce the incidence of clinical lymphedema by almost 90 percent. This technology actually makes lymphedema prevention possible for some patients, and it can monitor the efficacy of treatment is patients who have already been diagnosed with it.
There are 2 stages in the treatment of lymphedema.
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) is begun.
WakeMed Outpatient Rehabilitation therapists provide Complete Decongestive Therapy, the international gold standard treatment for lymphedema. They are trained in the Dr. Vodder method of Manual Lymphatic Drainage. Please contact one of the following WakeMed Outpatient Rehab locations where lymphedema evaluation and treatment are available.
WakeMed Outpatient Rehab
3701 Wake Forest Road, Suite 120, Raleigh
(inside WakeMed North Hospital)
10000 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh
WakeMed Outpatient Specialty Rehab
(inside WakeMed Cary Hospital)
1900 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary
For lymphedema referrals, medical staff may fax an order to 919-350-8959.
Patients may call 919-350-7000 to schedule an evaluation.
Learn more about SOZO and lymphedema screenings at WakeMed.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610