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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
Lohmann Rauscher
MediUSA

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Recertification for Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLT)

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I would like to share with you the important announcement of two member schools of the North American Lymphedema Education Association (NALEA) to begin offering recertification for the Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) credential.

One of the currently four NALEA member schools, the Dr. Vodder School, already has a well-established recertification program for their . . . → Read More: Recertification for Certified Lymphedema Therapists (CLT)

The Science behind Compression Therapy in Lymphedema Management

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It is important to understand that the elastic fibers in the tissues affected by lymphedema are damaged. These fibers lose their elasticity and tend to harden, which is particularly the case in untreated lymphedema present over a long period of time and progressed stages of lymphedema.

Although the swelling in lymphedema may . . . → Read More: The Science behind Compression Therapy in Lymphedema Management

How to Care for Short-Stretch Compression Bandages

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Compression bandages (and compression garments – see below) used in the management of  lymphedema should be properly washed on a regular basis, so  skin cells and oils won’t become trapped in the fibers of the  bandages and damage the integrity of the textile. Compression bandages may be machine or hand washed; machine wash . . . → Read More: How to Care for Short-Stretch Compression Bandages

Compression Therapy and its Role in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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Compression therapy applied by padded short-stretch bandages, compression garments, or alternative materials, such as adjustable compression devices, is an integral part of lymphedema management. The goal of compression therapy is to maintain and improve the reduction of the swelling achieved during lymphedema treatments.

It is important to understand that although the swelling in . . . → Read More: Compression Therapy and its Role in the Treatment of Lymphedema

The Role of Complete Decongestive Therapy in Breast Cancer Treatment Related Lymphedema

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Lymphedema is considered one of the most distressing and debilitating complications of breast cancer treatment and affects at least three million Americans. The underlying problem of lymphedema is a lymphatic dysfunction, resulting in abnormal accumulation of water and proteins primarily in the subcutaneous tissues, which can cause the onset of visible and palpable . . . → Read More: The Role of Complete Decongestive Therapy in Breast Cancer Treatment Related Lymphedema

Measuring for Compression Stockings

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Compression garments are the most important tool to ensure preservation and improvement of the therapeutic success achieved during treatment with Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). To select the correct garment (ready-made or custom made), compression level and, if necessary, fastening systems, the patients age, physical abilities (and limitations), lifestyle, type of lymphedema and any . . . → Read More: Measuring for Compression Stockings

Measuring for Compression Arm Sleeves

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Compression sleeves are the most important tool to ensure preservation and improvement of the therapeutic success achieved during treatment with Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). To select the correct garment (ready-made or custom made), compression level, and, if necessary, fastening systems, the patients age, physical abilities (and limitations), lifestyle, type of lymphedema and any . . . → Read More: Measuring for Compression Arm Sleeves

Options of Care for Compression Garments

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The primary role of compression garments in lymphedema management is to maintain the reduction of the swelling achieved during the intensive treatment phase of Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). A high level of consistency in providing the appropriate compression is crucial in order to avoid re-accumulation of evacuated lymphedema fluid. This consistency is provided . . . → Read More: Options of Care for Compression Garments

When is it Lymphedema?

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“After a day of sitting in the office my ankles are swollen.”

“During the last several months of my pregnancy, my legs practically doubled in size”

“My fingers and hand frequently get puffy following a long hike”

“My arm started swelling after I had surgery for my breast cancer”

“Following the removal of . . . → Read More: When is it Lymphedema?

Compression Garments for Lymphedema – Custom or Ready-Made?

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Although lymphedema can be reduced to a normal or near normal size using proper treatment techniques, the lymphatic vessels are never normal again after lymphedema was present. In addition, once lymphedemahas been reduced, skin elasticity may never be regained completely since the elastic fibers in the skin are damaged from the swelling present . . . → Read More: Compression Garments for Lymphedema – Custom or Ready-Made?