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.

SOZO Lymphedema Screening

SOZO - Lymphedema Detection and ManagementThe UM St. Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation Institute offers SOZO — a screening assessment used to detect lymphedema.

The SOZO screening is:

  • An important tool in the early diagnosis and management of lymphedema
  • A fast, non-invasive, painless scan — similar to stepping on a scale
  • Used to measure fluid levels and tissue composition

Patients are typically recommended to have their first scan before surgery or chemotherapy. Patients return for additional scans after surgery, as recommended by their provider. The SOZO assessment is part of the UM St. Joseph Outpatient Rehabilitation Institute’s comprehensive lymphedema management program.

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