Lymphedema is swelling caused by an abnormal build-up of protein and excess water in the tissue space. Our program's goal is to reduce the size of the affected area while minimizing pain, risk of infection and psychological distress. We'll also teach you how to manage the condition to help prevent recurrence.
If you'd like to participate in our program, please see your physician for a referral.
Treatment will vary depending on the cause and degree of swelling and may include a combination of:
- Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), which gently stretches the skin to increase lymph flow from swollen tissues to healthy parts of your body
- Wrapping your arm or leg with low-stretch bandages to minimize return of fluid
- Compression garments
- Skin care, breathing and exercise instruction
- Compression pumps, in combination with manual lymphatic drainage
Lymphedema services are offered at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center, Meridian Park Medical Center, Mount Hood Medical Center and Salmon Creek Medical Center.
Our licensed physical and occupational therapists have many years of experience and advanced training in treating lymphedema, including LANA certification.
For a complete list of therapists, search our provider directory.
For more information or to schedule and appointment please call 503-413-3707 in Oregon or 360-487-3750 in Washington.