City Hospital now offers a program for the care and education of the lymphedema patient.
Lymphedema is a progressive condition characterized by four main components:
Lymphedema, if untreated, results in an abnormal amount of protein fluid collecting in the tissues of the extremity. This stagnant, protein rich fluid not only causes tissue channels to increase in size and number, but also reduces oxygen through the transport system, which interferes with wound healing and provides a culture medium for bacteria that can result in various infections. A chronic inflammatory condition stemming from this accumulation of fluid eventually results in fibrotic or hardened tissues.
A person that has these signs and symptoms is appropriate for referral to evaluate for the lymphedema program:
What does a patient suffering from lymphedema needs to learn:
Lymphedema risk factors:
Is there a cure for Lymphedema?
The key is early intervention and proper treatment. From such treatment, the patient would benefit from the condition being controlled which would allow the individual to lead a normal fulfilled life. This is, however, often a persistent condition. Treatment would include the instruction of self-management and evaluation and fitting of proper compression garments which are essential factors in control.
Comprehensive lymphedema management may be unsafe for those that suffer from CHF or other cardiac issue because of the amount of fluid that is moved.