Lymphedema, is the swelling of a body part, most often an arm or a leg, caused by an abnormal buildup of fluid. It most often causes a feeling of heaviness, some discomfort, cosmetic changes and an increased risk of infection and cellulites. People with lymphedema often suffer a decrease in qualify of life as a result of their symptoms. Venous insufficiency refers to insufficient blood flow in the legs due to weakened valves in the veins. If untreated, venous insufficiency often leads to lymphedema.
Those at risk for lymphedema include individuals who have had:
Those at risk for venous insufficiency include individuals with:
The sooner an individual seeks treatment for lymphedema or venous insufficiency, the better the outcome. The emphasis of care is on teaching patients to effectively manage their condition. While lymphedema and venous insufficiency are chronic conditions, those who successfully complete our therapy program achieve optimal results of less swelling and improved quality of life.No single medication or surgery is effective in curing lymphedema. Traditional treatments include elevation, compression pumps, compression sleeves and complete decongestive therapy. Research has shown complete decongestive therapy (CDT), a non-invasive approach offered through St.Vincent, to be the most effective treatment.
We are committed to using proven therapies to help patients get back to the lives they enjoy. Our state-of-the-art therapeutic programs provide licensed physical and occupational therapists with extensive training and experience in managing these conditions.
“Cancer crept up on me. I had never been sick a day in my life. All of a sudden I had cancer, and on top of that, lymphedema. My physical activity was greatly restricted [because of the swelling], and I felt helpless. Your therapy changed my attitude. You treated me as a whole person. The combination of massage, exercise and dietary changes was imperative to my regaining control of my life.” ~Recent St.Vincent patient
The following are steps in therapy:
The risk for developing lymphedema can be minimized by taking the following precautions
Avoid temperature extremes, including hot baths, hot tubs, saunas, hot showers, burns (cooking, smoking, sunburn) and hot climates. Protect the affected limb from the sun, especially if you have received radiation therapy, with protective clothing and sunscreen.
Avoid potential sources of infection to the affected limb, including insect bites, vaccinations, venous punctures or acupuncture, pet scratches, skin punctures or cuts, venography and lymphography.
Avoid blunt traumas, including lifting heavy objects, blood pressure cuffs on affected arms, tight clothing, heavy breast prostheses or constrictive jewelry.
St.Vincent provides lymphedema and venous insufficiency therapy services for women in our hospitals, outpatient clinics, and specialty clinics.
AndersonSaint John's Medical Center2015 Jackson StreetAnderson, IN 46016(765) 649-2511Carl D. Erskine Rehabilitation Center Ambulatory Services Center2020 Meridian Street, Suite 170Anderson, IN 46016(765) 646-8663Carl D. Erskine Rehabilitation Center2602 Enterprise Drive, Suite 1Anderson, IN 46013(765) 608-3970
AvonAvon Clinic97 Dover StreetAvon, IN 46123(317) 415-5980 Fax: (317) 415-5981
BrownsburgSt.Vincent Brownsburg Medical Center1080 North Green StreetBrownsburg, IN 46112(317) 415-6040Fax: (317) 415-6045
CarmelSt.Vincent Carmel Professional Building13450 N. Meridian, Suite 140Carmel, IN 46032(317) 582-8170Fax: (317) 582-7519St.Vincent Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy1185 Carmel Drive, Building CCarmel, IN 46032(317) 415-6980Fax: (317) 415-6990
FishersSt.Vincent Fishers Hospital13914 East SR 238, Suite 309Fishers, IN 46037(317) 415-9135Fax: (317) 415-9138
IndianapolisSt.Vincent Physical, Occupational, Speech and Voice Therapy Physicians Medical Plaza8550 Naab Road, Suite 100Indianapolis, IN 46260(317) 338-3364Fax: (317) 338-6491St.Vincent Physical and Occupational Therapy (Northwest Blvd.)8227 Northwest Blvd., Suite 160 Indianapolis, IN 46278(317) 415-5700Fax: (317) 415-5710St.Vincent Physical and Occupational Therapy Center (Lafayette Road)5460 Lafayette RoadIndianapolis, IN 46254(317) 415-7337Fax: (317) 415-7335
KokomoSt.Joseph Physical and Sports Therapy – Forest Park 2130 W. Sycamore Street, Suite 140Kokomo, IN 46901(765) 236-8500Fax: (765) 236-8515St.Joseph Physical and Sports Therapy – Southway217 E. Southway Blvd., Suite 106Kokomo, IN 46902(765) 236-8775Fax: (765) 236-8785
NoblesvillePebblebrook Clinic5691 Pebble Village LaneNoblesville, IN 46062(317) 415-5840 Fax: (317) 415-5841
St.Vincent Women's Hospital 8111 Township Line RoadIndianapolis, IN 46260(317) 415-8111
In the Indianapolis area, call (317) 338-9696 for more information.
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