Athens Regional Health System

Lymphedema Program

Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic (protein rich) fluid that causes swelling. This is most often in the arms and/or legs and occasionally other parts of the body.

Secondary lymphedema can result following the loss or alteration of lymph vessels with surgery or radiation. It can develop immediately following treatment or years later.

Primary lymphedema can occur due to congenital malformations of the lymphatic system.

Lymphedema Symptoms

The most common symptoms associated with lymphedema include:

  • Feeling of fullness in arms or legs
  • Skin feeling tight
  • Decreased mobility in hands, wrists or ankles
  • Tightness of jewelry or clothing on a specific body part
  • Frequent infections or non-healing wounds or ulcerations
  • Skin changes including dryness, discoloration and thickening

Athens Regional Rehabilitation Lymphedema Treatment

Our Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) provides Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). This therapy includes manual lymph drainage (a specialized, advanced training technique), compression bandaging, skin care, exercise and lymphedema prevention education to manage primary and secondary pathologic swelling of the extremities.

Lymphedema management therapy is offered to patients who develop post-surgical swelling from procedures such as mastectomy and lymph node dissections.

Contact Us

For more information about this program, email us or call 706-475-3511.

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