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Lymphedema Clinic

If you have undergone a mastectomy or lumpectomy, especially with the removal of a lymph node, you may be at risk of developing lymphedema. Fortunately, it can be controlled with proper care and treatment.

What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is an accumulation of fluid that causes swelling. This risk is higher for those who have had radiation treatment in addition to surgery. Lymphedema may appear any time after surgery—from a few months to many years after treatment.

Complete decongestive physiotherapy

Our registered and certified physical medicine professionals use a simple, four-step approach called complete decongestive physiotherapy (CDP) to help you manage your lymphedema. You learn this method during your treatment sessions, so you can continue to improve at home. Its elements are:

  • Hygiene and topical skin care
  • Manual lymph drainage by massage
  • Compression bandaging and garments
  • Exercise, elevation and education

Make an appointment

To make an appointment, please call 717-544-3270.

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