Lymphedema is the swelling of a part of the body due to the abnormal accumulation of protein rich lymphatic fluid.
Lymphedema occurs when the lymphatic system is compromised due to damage to the lymphatic system, or developmental abnormalities in the lymphatic system before birth. Damage to the lymphatic system may occur due to surgery, trauma or the effects of radiation treatment. Obesity and vascular problems such as venous insufficiency may also contribute to the development of lymphedema. In the United States, cancer and cancer treatment (especially removal of lymph nodes and radiation treatment) are the leading causes of lymphedema.
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)
Complete decongestive therapy (CDT) is the gold standard for treatment of lymphedema. This therapy approach includes:
- Compression garments
- Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD)
- Self care - In-home compression pumps
The lymphedema team at Nebraska Medicine includes certified lymphedema therapists, advanced practice providers, physicians and wound care specialists who provide hands-on, state-of-the art therapy and education for patients with lymphedema.
You may schedule an evaluation with a certified lymphedema therapist at the Lauritzen Outpatient Center Physical and Occupational Therapy Department by calling 402.559.4465.
For more advanced and chronic lymphedema, call Vascular Services at 402.559.8888.