What is lymphedema?
This condition is characterized by uncontrolled swelling of a limb due to damage to the lymphatic system. When this occurs, fluid becomes trapped in the tissues. This can result in swelling, fibrosis (hardening of the limb), discomfort, decreased mobility, and an increased risk of infection in the limb.
The role of your lymphatic system
The lymphatic system works with your circulatory system to return excess fluid from the body tissues to the blood for circulation. It also plays an important role in fighting infection and protecting you against illness.
Why lymphedema should be treated
Once you have lymphedema, it affects every part of your life. If left untreated, its damage can cause permanent tissue changes and swelling that is difficult to reduce.
Prevention is the key to decreasing the risk of developing lymphedema. However, if it does occur, our comprehensive lymphedema treatment program can be very effective in reducing swelling, softening the tissues, and teaching you how to control your condition.
Who is appropriate for lymphedema treatment
Those who have swelling due to:
Our lymphedema treatment program includes:
Why select Mercy’s program?
Mercy’s occupational therapists have advanced training and certification in evaluating and treating lymphedema.
How to take part in our program
Your doctor’s referral is required to begin therapy. Generally, our services are covered by insurance, including Medicare. However, we suggest you contact your insurance provider to verify coverage.
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