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Lymphedema Therapy Services at Lavaca Medical Center

Lavaca Medical Center has a Certified Lymphedema Therapist available at LMC to help inpatients and outpatients control, manage, and eliminate the painful swelling of arms and legs.  Lymphedema is the buildup of protein-rich lymph fluid, which is caused when the lymph vessels are unable to transport the fluid back into the circulatory system.  The fluid accumulates and results in chronic swelling.

If left untreated, it may result in hardening of the soft tissue called fibrosis.

PT staff and patient performing lymphedema treatment

Lymphedema Treatment


What Causes Lymphedema?

Primary Lymphedema is caused by malformations of the lymphatic system.  Symptoms may be present at birth or develop later, such as with the onset of puberty or childbirth.

Secondary Lymphedema is a result of a damaged lymphatic system.  Procedures such as mastectomies, radiation therapy, or lymph node removal may result in lymphedema.  It may also be a result of traumatic injury, infection, or chronic venous insufficiency.

What Are the Symptoms of Lymphedema?

  • Tightness
  • Heaviness of Affected Area
  • Swelling with “Pitting”
  • Skin Texture Changes
  • Clothing or jewelry may feel tighter

What Is the Treatment For Lymphedema?

Complete Decongestive Therapy is used as treatment for Lymphedema.  It includes:  Manual Lymph Drainage, Bandaging, Compression Garments, Skin Care, and Therapeutic Exercise.

How Long Does Lymphedema Treatment Last?

The course of treatment will be determined by an initial evaluation of your current condition.  A thorough medical history is required to improve the outcomes of your treatment.  Your therapist will be in close contact with your physician, as an interdisciplinary approach is most beneficial.  The length of treatment is dependent on the complexity of your condition.

Let Your Recovery Begin Here.

Certified Lymphedema Therapis Monica Griffin

Monica Griffin, COTA, CLT, Certified Lymphedema Therapist

Consult with your physician about your current condition and goals.  You may be a candidate for Complete Decongestive Therapy to assist in managing your Lymphedema.  Our therapists have experience working with clients like you.  Whether you have primary or secondary lymphedema – whether this is a new issue or an old complaint – your therapist will create a treatment plan aimed at helping you manage your symptoms.

With compassionate care and a treatment plan carefully tailored to your individual needs, Lavaca Medical Center Physical Therapy can help you make progress and regain independence.

Lymphedema is covered under the Occupational Therapy benefits of Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurance companies.  A prescription for Occupational Therapy to address edema is required from your physician to initiate this treatment program.

Do You Have Questions?  Please, Let Us Answer Them:

Call the Physical Therapy Department today:  (361) 798-9006