Lymphedema Management

Treatment for patients suffering from lymphedema is available through MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center's Outpatient Rehabilitation Program.

Lymphedema, also known as lymphatic obstruction, is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling that can affect one or multiple extremities. Lymphedema may be inherited; this is referred to as Primary Lymphedema. More common, though, is Secondary Lymphedema. This is caused by injury to the lymphatic vessels. It is most frequently seen after lymph node dissection, surgery, and/or radiation therapy, in which damage is caused during cancer treatment. Breast cancer treatment is the number one cause of lymphedema in the United States. This condition may not develop in many patients until months or years after their cancer treatment has concluded.

As an MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center component, the lymphedema management program can offer treatment for patients undergoing and after their cancer treatment. MUSC Outpatient Therapy will provide a custom and comprehensive care plan for you. A therapist, accredited by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies, will perform therapy to help reduce fluid build-up quickly and in as comfortable a manner as possible.

This comprehensive therapy includes:

  • Skincare
  • Manual lymphatic drainage treatment
  • Special bandaging including assessment for appropriate compression garments
  • Exercises
  • A comprehensive home program to minimize the risk of reoccurrence

Also, our accredited therapist will teach you how to proactively reduce swelling, including necessary skincare regimes to help manage your condition.

For more information on Lymphedema Management or any other MUSC Health Outpatient Physical Therapy services, please call 803-286-1576.