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The therapist will explain the nature of each complication. The therapist will also demonstrate methods for minimizing the risk of Lymphedema, and exercises that will decrease pain and increase range of motion in the arm.
Patients presenting with Lymphedema will receive Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). CDT treatment consists of:
Lymphedema is painless. Swelling in the arm may limit a patient's ability to move comfortably during functional activities.
Lymph nodes help fight infection. Once lymph nodes are removed, patients are at a higher risk for infection. It is important to take all precautions in avoiding cuts, burns, and injuries to the affected arm.
If you do encounter any of these be sure to clean the affected area with antiseptic and watch for further signs of infection. Signs of infection may include: redness, increase in temperature, pain, swelling, and/or flu-like symptoms. If you have any of these symptoms call your doctor immediately to receive an oral antibiotic, and avoid hospitalization.
Minimizing Risk of Lymphedema
To schedule an appointment, please contact the Rehabilitation Department at Beth Israel:
P.A.C.C. 10 Union Square East Suite 5N.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Stephanie Dessi. Ms. Dessi is an Occupational Therapist specializing in Lymphedema Therapy. Stephanie can be reached at: email@example.com
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