Lymphedema Therapy Program
The Lymphedema Therapy Program at Banner Baywood Medical Center offers various therapies aimed at helping patients who are experiencing a build up of lymphatic fluids.
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is where a body part swells. It's usually an arm or a leg and results from the build up of fluid when lymph nodes and vessels are blocked, removed or damaged.
It can occur in patients as a result of mastectomies, radiation and/or tumor dissections involving the lymph nodes.
Left untreated, lymphedema can cause possible tissue breakdown.
Lymphedema treatment options
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD): Very light massage, slow rhythmic movements, stretching skin without any friction. This treatment promotes growth and relaxation, reduces pain, and provides drainage.
- Bandaging: A multi-layer bandage is used to maintain swelling reduction gained through Manual Lymph Drainage as well as provide resistance to muscle contraction with lymphatic flow.
- Therapeutic Exercise: Certified nurses can design a personal exercise program to reduce edema and help to lengthen the effects of Manual Lymph Drainage.
- Lymphedema Education: Practicing good hygiene and watching for the warning signs of increased edema are key points for good health while living with lymphedema.
Our highly trained and compassionate staff are here to answer any questions.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (480) 321-4962.