What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a permanent condition that develops when fluid collects in tissues and results in chronic swelling (edema). Lymphedema can occur anywhere in the body. It occurs most often following treatment for cancer. It can also occur as a result of trauma to the lymph system from injury or surgery. A poorly developed or damaged lymph or venous system can also result in lymphedema.
How is Lymphedema Treated?
Doylestown Hospital's Lymphedema Program offers a comprehensive treatment program. Our lymphedema team consists of certified lymphedema therapists, specially trained in comprehensive lymphedema management.
Complete decongestive therapy (CDT) is the internationally preferred approach used to treat lymphedema. CDT combines manual lymphatic drainage (a gentle skin moving technique to increase lymphatic activity), compression bandaging (wrapping with foam and short stretch bandaging to decrease swelling), therapeutic exercises (to promote muscle pumping to decrease swelling), compression garments, and careful skin care. Our team emphasizes self-care. Patients in therapy learn how to manage their lymphedema and learn strategies to live well with their condition.
How do I get treatment?
A written physician's or nurse practioner's prescription is required for an evaluation. Doylestown Hospital participates in most insurance plans.
All evaluations and treatments are performed in our Outpatient Physical Therapy Department at Doylestown Hospital. For information or to scheduled an appointment, please call 215-345-2892
Our lymphedema team is a member of the National Lymphedema Network.