Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive condition due to obstruction of lymphatic vessels or lymph nodes resulting in the accumulation of large amounts of lymph in the affected region. It is incurable but manageable. Most major causes of lymphedema include cancer with surgery and radiation, infections, major trauma, burns chronic venous insufficiency, and congenital
anomalies of the lymphatic system. Although lymphedema can develop in any area where the normal lymph flow has been interrupted, it is most commonly seen in the extremities and almost always involves superficial vessels which lie just below the skin. For cancer survivors after surgery and radiation, risk remains lifelong. The gold standard for treatment of lymphedema is CDT-complex decongestive therapy, a combination of manual lymph drainage, compression, self care and teaching, and exercise.
Complex Decongestive Therapy from bandaging to maintenance with instruction in self care and exercise, pump recommendations as needed, garment or alternative recommendation and measurement, kinesiotaping for edema, and postural assessment. Cost of materials or compression garments is not included in service provided.