Lymphedema is a build up of fluid in any part of the body due to stressors such as lymph node removal, injury, radiation treatment, or venous insufficiency (Secondary Lymphedema). People can also be born with lymphatic systems that do not function normally (Primary Lymphedema).
Lymphedema occurs most often in the arms and legs; however, it can occur anywhere in he body you have skin and therefore lymph vessels. There is no cure for lymphedema; however, it can be effectively controlled with professional treatment and self management.
The Lymphedema Program at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health (UM UCH) includes complete decongestive therapy (CDT) performed by certified lymphedema therapists to help reduce swelling in affected areas. This individualized comprehensive approach includes:
Education is also essential so that our clients learn how to manage their lymphedema in order to be able to do all the things they need and want to do in daily life. Good lymphedema management is also essential for the prevention of infections.
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