Lymphedema is swelling that results from an insufficient or damaged lymphatic system, often resulting from removal of lymph nodes, radiation, trauma, surgery or infection. It mostly occurs in the extremities but may also occur in the face, trunk, abdomen and genitals. If left untreated, this chronic and progressive condition can cause significant swelling of the body part, infection, wounds and impairments in mobility/use of the limb.

The UM St. Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation Institute offers Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), which focuses on reducing the swelling through manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging/garments, decongestive exercises and patient education on self-management. Several of our therapists are certified through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies to perform CDT.

To schedule an appointment or to receive more information on Lymphedema, contact us at 410-337-1349.