Lymphedema is the swelling of a body part, most often in the arms and legs. It results from an accumulation of protein-rich lymphatic fluid in the superficial tissues, which can have significant pathological and clinical consequences if left untreated. Causes of Lymphedema can include surgery, radiation therapy, chronic venous insufficiencies, infections and heredity. This chronic and progressive condition will not disappear, however, with proper treatment it can be managed successfully.
Who Can Benefit?
- Those diagnosed with lymphedema
- Those with chronic wounds due to lymphedema
- Those with impaired lymphatic system
- Post-surgical patients, especially if lymph nodes were removed
- Helps to manage lymphedema
- Reduces the affected limb volume/girth
- Reduces pain with movement of the affected limb
- Improves the use of the affected limb
- Leads to independence in the care of the affected limb
Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) techniques conducted by a Certified Lymphedema Therapist includes:
- Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD)
- Decongestive exercises
- Multi-layer compression bandaging
- Compression garment measuring and fitting
- Skin and nail care
Our Care Team
Patients work with a team of cancer rehabilitation specialists, including physical therapists and exercise physiologists, to create a program tailored specifically towards improving quality of life.
Cheri Teranishi-Hashimoto, DPT, MS, MSPT
Program Director Women's Health & Cancer Rehabilitation
Assistant Manager KJ & Beatrice Luke Specialty Clinic at Nuuanu