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Joachim Zuther, Lymphedema Specialist. Read more
Lohmann Rauscher
MediUSA

Tactile Medical

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

Pharmaceutical Options in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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The use of drugs in the treatment of lymphedema in the Western Hemisphere is generally limited to antibiotics, which are used to prevent and treat infections commonly associated with lymphedema. As stated in the Position Paper of the National Lymphedema Network, lymphedema should not be treated exclusively with drugs or dietary supplements. Following . . . → Read More: Pharmaceutical Options in the Treatment of Lymphedema

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?

Axillary Web Syndrome

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A number of patients who underwent  axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) in combination with breast cancer surgery experience postoperative pain and limited range of motion associated with a palpable cord of tissue extending from the axilla into the arm on the same side. This condition is known as Axillary Web Syndrome (AWS), or Cording Syndrome is little . . . → Read More: Axillary Web Syndrome

Updated NLN Position Paper on Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphedema

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The National Lymphedema Network (NLN) published the updated Position Paper on the “Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphedema”.

This extensive re-written document covers all areas relevant in lymphedema management, to include diagnostic procedures.

Here is a summary:

Summary on Treatment and Diagnosis of Lymphedema

Treatment of lymphedema should be undertaken only after a . . . → Read More: Updated NLN Position Paper on Diagnosis and Treatment of Lymphedema

Skin and Nail Care in Lymphedema Management

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Skin and nail care play an essential role in both prevention of lymphedema in those patients at risk of developing this condition, and in the management of existing lymphedema. Current methods of cancer treatment lower the risk of developing lymphedema. However, if a patient had surgery involving the lymphatic system – a radical . . . → Read More: Skin and Nail Care in Lymphedema Management

Cross Country Bicycle Ride for Lymphedema Awareness

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The Route

 

April 2011 marks the first anniversary of my bicycle ride across the United States, which covered 3262 miles and took 42 days (37 riding days). I thought this would be a great opportunity to share some of the impressions of this ride with my readers, especially in light of the fact . . . → Read More: Cross Country Bicycle Ride for Lymphedema Awareness