Women who undergo a mastectomy, breast conservation surgery that involves
the removal of lymph nodes from the underarm or radiation therapy are
at risk for developing lymphedema.
This condition is a buildup of lymphatic fluid in the arm that can cause
swelling in the arm or fingers, pain and discomfort, and even infection.
Lymphedema can occur anytime — immediately after surgery, radiation
therapy or even years later.
Offered through Community Medical Center’s Department of Rehabilitation
Services, the Lymphedema Program offers a comprehensive approach to care
that focuses on early assessment and treatment. Our physical therapists
are specially certified in lymphedema treatment to help improve function
and prevent long-term complications through:
- Manual lymph drainage that stimulates the lymphatic system and reduces swelling.
- Bandaging to prevent additional production and reaccumulation of lymph fluid.
- Remedial exercise to activate the muscle groups of the swollen limb.
- Patient education, including skin care recommendations and nutritional
- Home exercise program.
For more information on the Lymphedema Program, call 732.557.8046, ext. 5.