Specialized Therapy for Improved Quality of Life
Lymphedema, a condition linked to damage in the body’s fluid drainage system, is most often seen in cancer survivors and is the result of some cancer treatments or lymph node removal surgery. Lymphedema is a chronic condition that can progress over time, making it difficult to move, wear shoes, walk comfortably or use hands or arms to perform tasks. In advanced stages, swelling can stretch the skin and cause bleeding, sores or repeated infections.
Lymphedema Care Center
Catholic Health's Lymphedema Care Center at St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY) specializes in lymphedema therapy, a proven physical therapy method to safely and effectively lower the condition's many associated risk factors. Our physical therapists are certified in lymphatic therapy and have extensive experience performing complete decongestive therapy, a two-part technique that includes:
- Application of compression bandages
- Exercises to reduce swelling in the affected limbs
- Massage to drain fluids
Therapists work closely with board-certified vascular physicians who specialize in treating lymphedema. A vascular physician can help explain symptoms and diagnose and treat lymphedema, which can be difficult to identify in its earliest stages. As part of our comprehensive treatment plan, lymphatic therapists and physicians educate patients on how to maintain reduction of swelling in affected limbs and emphasize independence and self-management. Their goal is to ensure that every patient receives the highest level of care and appropriate treatment for an improved quality of life.