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    MANAGEMENT OF LYMPHEDEMA

    The first line of defense

    
A widely accepted management technique for lymphedema is Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) It consists of two phases: The first phase is intensive manual lymph drainage (MLD) with the aim of decongestion and compression therapy, with short stretch bandages as the main components, along with skin care and exercise. The second phase objective is to maintain and optimize the lymph decongestion already achieved in phase one by using compression garments.

  • Management of Lymphedema - ITS approach - Product overview - Product selector - Brands

    MANAGEMENT OF LYMPHEDEMA

    Therapy typically consists of four main activities

  • Management of Lymphedema - ITS approach - Product overview - Product selector - Brands

    MANAGEMENT OF LYMPHEDEMA

    Manual lymph drainage 


    Treatment begins with specialised massage called manual lymph drainage (MLD) which is used to move fluid from the swollen areas into working lymph nodes, where it can be drained. Alternatively or additionally patients are given instruction on simpler massage techniques that they can use during the maintenance phase of treatment to keep the swelling down.

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    MANAGEMENT OF LYMPHEDEMA

    Compression bandages and garments

    
Compression bandages and medical compression garments increase the interstitial pressure affecting the lymphatic and venous system. Since compression garments are available in various compression classes and different styles it is important to consider indications and contraindications of each product and follow the instructions of use.

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    MANAGEMENT OF LYMPHEDEMA

    Skin & wound care 


    The part of the body affected by lymphedema is considerably more vulnerable to infection of the build-up of fluid within the tissues. Skin changes such as hyperkeratosis, lymphangiectasia and papillomatosis are seen as the condition progresses. The skin becomes thickened and there can be deep skin folds and creases around the joints. Moreover, any cuts in the skin can allow bacteria to enter the body and may quickly develop into an infection. Skin infections can also damage the lymphatic system and cause lymphedema to further develop. Therefore, it is important to keep the skin as intact as possible recommending the regular use of skin care products. With increasing severity and development of skin folds, infection protection becomes even more important.



  • Management of Lymphedema - ITS approach - Product overview - Product selector - Brands

    MANAGEMENT OF LYMPHEDEMA

    Exercise & healthy lifestyle 


    Patients need an exercise and movement plan designed to strengthen and stimulate the muscles involved in lymph drainage. This should be tailored to your patient's individual requirements and ability.