Our staff of medical professionals provides one of the most comprehensive lymphedema management programs in the country. We are a full service dedicated lymphedema outpatient clinic with on-site physicians and therapists that work together to design a personal plan of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) for every patient. CDT is recognized as the gold standard in lymphedema treatment. LymphedemaMD of America also provides compression supplies, including vasopneumatic pumps, for our patients.
A condition in which excess protein rich fluid collects in tissue and causes swelling. Over a day’s time we all normally swell (i.e. our feet are larger by the end of the day), but usually by simply getting off our feet the swelling disappears. In lymphedema the protein rich fluid makes a big difference because as the protein concentration increases, so does the swelling. This is because proteins attract water similar to a magnet's pull on metal. This type of swelling will not go away by simply elevating the limb. Diuretics are also ineffective because although they drain the water, they leave behind the proteins and fat causing hard fibrotic tissues which can be a source of infection. Over a period of time, if left untreated, the limb may become severely disfigured.
The primary symptom of lymphedema is the gradual onset of swelling (usually an arm or leg) which progressively worsens over a period of days and weeks. There may be some decrease (i.e. overnight) but gradually the swelling becomes more pronounced, the limb feels heavy and swelling is visible. In the early stages pain usually persists. Untreated, decreased movement of the limb and episodes of cellulitis (infection), thickening of the skin, hardening of the limb, leakage of lymph fluid and massive swelling may occur. In rare cases, malignancy may develop.