Contact the Lymphedema Clinic
Lexington Medical Center Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine
Breast Health Specialist
Lymphedema may develop after breast surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and has the potential to affect quality of life, leisure and work activities.
Thankfully, research and advance treatment techniques are changing the way health care manages lymphedema in patients.
The Breast Health Specialist provides material that explains lymphedema, its signs and symptoms, and precautions that enable patients to take an active role in their treatment and prevent lymphedema development.
Following surgery, patients are seen by the lymphedema therapist for additional teaching prior to being discharged. Should patients prefer to be seen as an outpatient after discharge, our pre-registration process makes scheduling appointments convenient.
Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
MLD involves distinct massage techniques using a variation of pressure designed to increase the work of the lymphatic system by removing fluid from the affected area. If part of the lymph nodes or vessels have been damaged or removed, the therapist uses specific techniques to move fluid to other parts of the body that are working properly.
After several treatments, the patient is fitted with a custom compression garment to keep the swelling down and help the lymph vessels work better by providing firm pressure during exercise.
During exercise, muscles help pump and drain lymph fluid out of the arm or leg. Patients are taught a home exercise program. Walking and swimming are also recommended.