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The WakeMed Lymphedema program includes specialized treatment programs for persons with lymphedema or at risk for developing lymphedema.
What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is an abnormal buildup of fluid that causes swelling, most often in the arms or legs. The condition develops when lymph vessels or lymph nodes are missing, impaired, damaged or removed.
Who is at Risk?People who have had any of the following procedures may be at risk for developing lymphedema:
What Should I Expect From Therapy?
1) EvaluationThe therapist will begin treatment with an evaluation consisting of questions concerning past medical history, pain, lifestyle and what the patients goals are for therapy. The therapist will examine the patient's range of motion, measure girth of the involved body part, assess strength, skin integrity and possible other limiting factors affecting the patient.
2) Patient EducationPatients are educated to the lymphatic system, the diagnosis of lymphedema, precautions and compression options. Lymphedema varies from person to person. The therapist will design a treatment program based on the patient's condition, physical and emotional needs. There are different stages of lymphedema. Some patients may benefit from a Lymphedema education session only, to increase the patient's awareness of ways to prevent lymphedema.
3) TreatmentOnce a patient is evaluated, an individualized treatment plan is developed by the therapist and discussed with the patient. Treatment may consist of:
The goal of therapy is for the patient to be independent with home management of lymphedema. By the end of therapy the patient should have the tools for successful self-management of lymphedema. As always, the therapists are available for consultation as needed.
All WakeMed Lymphedema therapists are licensed occupational and physical therapists and Vodder techniques certifiedAdditional Lymphedema Resources and Links
National Lymphedema Network: www.lymphedema.orgSusan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: www.Komen.orgAcademy of Lymphatic Studies: www.acols.comAmerican Cancer Society: http://www.acols.comCircle of Hope Lymphedema Foundation: www.lymphedemacircleofhope.orgLiving Beyond Breast Cancer: www.lbbc.orgCornucopia House Cancer Support Center: www.cornucopiahouse.orgVendorsAcademy of Lymphatic Studies: www.acols.comBandages Plus: www.bandagesplus.comJust Bandages: www.justbandages.comBandage Supply: www.bandagesupply.comCompression Store: www.compressionstore.comLymphedema Products: www.lymphedemaproducts.comMedical Stockings Online: www.medicalstockingsonline.comJoviPak: www.jovipak.comAll Day Medical: www.alldaymedical.comBeacon Prosthetics and Orthotics: www.alldaymedical.com
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