Lymphedema

Kaweah Delta provides a comprehensive, individualized lymphedema treatment program at Kaweah Delta's Neuro Outpatient Clinic. This program is offered in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Our certified Lymphedema Specialists are skilled to reduce swelling. This is a holistic, cost-effective service that complements other rehabilitation services and enhances a person's quality of life.

WHAT IS LYMPHEDEMA?

Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of protein rich fluid that often leads to swelling of a body part.

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF LYMPHEDEMA:

Primary Lymphedema
Primary lymphedema can occur at birth or early in life with no injury to the lymphatic system.

Secondary Lymphedema
Secondary lymphedema can be caused by an injury to the lymphatic system or surgical intervention such as lymphnode removal in cancer diagnoses, for example post breast cancer surgery. Swelling may occur in the lower extremities, arms, neck, etc.

THE KAWEAH DELTA LYMPHEDEMA PROGRAM

The Lymphedema Program at Kaweah Delta, provided in-house and as an outpatient service, provides comprehen- sive individualized treatment for lymphedema. Services are provided by Certified Lymphedema Specialists. Complete decongestive therapy is a conservative treatment in which manual lymph drainage, bandaging, exercise and good skin care are incorporated to decrease and maintain the size of the affected limb or limbs.

Services are provided by a therapist skilled in manual lymph drainage and complete decongestive therapy. This holistic, cost-effective service complements pre-existing services. It enhances an individual’s quality of life with an individualized treatment plan.

Program Objectives

  • Develop and teach an individualized program to address each person’s unique needs.
  • Educate individuals regarding lymphedema and prevention methods.
  • Decrease lymphedema in the affected area.
  • Increase function of the affected area.

INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN

Each individual’s recovery is unique. Therefore, an individualized plan is established to meet each participants needs. The plan may consist of any of the following:

  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Lymphedema bandaging
  • Skin care
  • Education
  • Exercise program
  • Flexibility exercises
  • Stress management
  • Emotional support

Questions? We’re ready to help.

Call (559) 624-3906. A physician’s referral is required before entering the program.

Service Location: 

Kaweah Delta Rehabilitation Hospital 
840 S. Akers St.
Visalia, CA 93277