Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Marie Miller
Director: Cheryl Foster
For Information: 620-252-1505
Rehab Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 to 5:00 pm
Lymphedema is an abnormal buildup of fluid that causes swelling, most often in the arms or legs. The condition develops when lymph vessels or lymph nodes are missing, impaired, damaged, or removed.
This condition can be inherited (primary) or caused by injury to the lymphatic vessels (secondary). It is most frequently seen after lymph node dissection, surgery and/or radiation therapy, in which damage to the lymphatic system is caused during the treatment of cancer, most notably breast cancer. In many cancer patients this condition does not develop until months or even years after their therapy has concluded. Lymphedema may also be associated with accidents or certain diseases or problems that may inhibit the lymphatic system from functioning properly. Signs and symptoms of lymphedema include:
Unfortunately, there is no cure for Lymphedema but there is treatment to control it. Treatment includes Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) done by a certified MLD therapist, special bandage techniques and exercise. It is a team effort between the patient and the therapist. In most cases the therapist sees the patient five days a week for two weeks. The patient is taught decongestive exercises, self-MLD, and self-bandaging. The patient is also measured and fitted for a compression garment and advised to wear the garment every day after completing therapy sessions.
CRMC offers Lymphedema Therapy in the Rehabilitation Department with certified therapist, Marie Miller, CPTA, CLT, She became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist in 2007 through the Lymphology Association of North America.