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Lymphedema

Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the tissues, resulting in swelling of a body part, most frequently the extremities. It may also occur in the face, neck, trunk or genitals. This protein-rich fluid causes chronic inflammation and reactive fibrosis of the tissues.

Symptoms

  • A sense of heaviness or ache in the affected area
  • Swelling - skin is tight, pits in the early stage and becomes fibrotic (thick) in later stages
  • Condition may worsen over time
  • Difficulty fitting into clothing or jewelry
  • Limitation of movement/function
  • Lymph leakage
  • Psychosocial issues associated with cosmetic changes

Treatment

Lymphedema can be a serious condition. It is typically life-long and there is no cure available; however, effective management is available with Complete Decongestive Therapy. Under the expertise of Nancy Snellgrove, PT, a Lymphedema Association of North America-certified physical therapist, tailored combinations of compression, manual lymph drainage (massage), exercise, skin care as well as self-management skills are addressed. Treatment is gentle and thorough. Long-term success requires commitment and ability to carry out a specific home program. Ask your physician about a referral to our program. We accept a variety of insurances. Some insurance may require prior authorization, and our staff will assist you in this process. For more information, contact (775) 770-3104.

Saint Mary's Outpatient Rehabilitation Program
645 N. Arlington Ave., Suite 350
Reno, NV 89503
(775) 770-3104

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center