What is the lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, lymph nodes and organs throughout our body that transports lymph fluid back to our bloodstream. The lymphatic system has extremely important functions, including:
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema occurs when the normal transport of lymphatic fluid is disrupted from a problem in the lymph vessels or lymph nodes. This results in an excess accumulation of lymph fluid within our tissues – this can cause a part of the body to swell. Lymphedema can affect the hands, arms, legs, feet, trunk (breast, scrotum, abdomen), neck and even the face.
Who is at risk?
Why is treatment needed?
Lymphedema is a chronic condition that could potentially continue to progress. A prolonged buildup of lymph fluid can lead to skin changes, wounds, and increase risk for developing an infection if it is left untreated.
Treatment for Lymphedema
At NCH, you will work one-on-one with a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT), who will perform a comprehensive evaluation and develop a treatment plan that will best address your needs.
Phase 1: Reduction Phase – In Clinic – Complete decongestive therapy
Phase 2: Maintenance Phase – transition to self-management