Awareness, Management and Prevention

Lymphedema is an abnormal swelling in the body, most often in the arms or legs, but it may occur in the hands, feet, chest, back, neck, face or abdomen.​ Lymphedema occurs when fluid accumulates in an area of the body as a result of an obstruction in the lymphatic system caused by surgery, cancer therapy, injury or illness. It can occur gradually over the course of months or even years and may be mild at first, but if left untreated, it can become serious.

If you suffer from lymphedema, The Center for Rehabilitation can help. Call today for information and treatment options: 580-237-8278.

Causes of Lymphedema

  • Lack of primary lymphatic vessels
  • Surgery
  • Radiation therapy
  • Parasitic Infection
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Trauma

Treating Lymphedema

Early diagnosis and therapy can help manage the effects of lymphedema. The Center for Rehabilitation at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center has a comprehensive lymphedema treatment program dedicated to improving your quality of life. Treatment focuses on:

  • Education to identify risk factors and skin care treatment
  • Manual therapy to enhance lymph drainage
  • Compression bandages to assist circulation and reduce swelling
  • Measuring and fitting for appropriate compression garments
  • Exercises to increase circulation in the affected limb

The outpatient lymphedema treatment program provides therapy services and education so patients:

  • Understand lymphedema and its effects
  • Can identify risk factors for developing lymphedema
  • Know when to begin comprehensive therapy and treatment
  • Learn preventive steps to help decrease the risk of recurrence