Lymphedema Management at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient
Lymphedema is a chronic and progressive condition characterized
by swelling of the extremities. This is a serious condition and if not treated
properly may cause difficulty with movement, infection and limb disfigurement.
Lymphedema Management at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation offers
comprehensive treatment for both primary and secondary forms of lymphedema to
reduce swelling, improve comfort and increase overall mobility.
Lymphedema Management Team
Our Lymphedema Management team consists of occupational
therapists who are certified lymphedema specialists. Our complete
rehabilitation team consists of expert occupational therapists, physical
therapists, speech and language pathologists, social workers and
neuropsychologists, in case there are other impairments that warrant treatment
Learn more about Lymphedema Management from Memorial Hermann.
Phase I: Intense Treatment Phase
An evaluation consists of a one-hour session with subsequent
treatment sessions of one to 1.5 hours in duration, four to five days per week
for an average of four to six weeks or until maximum volume reduction is
Complete Decongestive Therapy includes:
- Manual lymphatic drainage
- Skin care
- Compression bandaging
- Therapeutic exercises
- Self-care training
- Patient and family education for gaining independence in
Phase II: Self-Maintenance Phase
Once maximum volume reduction is achieved, the patient will be
measured for a compression garment which will be worn during the day. Bandages
or alternative nightwear compression should be used at night. Patients will
need to continue to perform exercises, skin and nail care and self-manual
lymphatic drainage, and to attend follow-up visits with the certified
lymphedema therapist as needed.