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Sanford Lymphedema Treatment Center

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The Lymphedema Treatment Center at Sanford Health offers comprehensive treatment and education to individuals with lymphedema, or those at risk of developing lymphedema. Our therapists are registered occupational therapists who are certified lymphedema therapists through the Lymphology Association of North America. They have advanced clinical training and certification in complete decongestive physiotherapy (CDP) using the Vodder method.


An effective treatment for the management of lymphedema is Manual Lymphatic Draining and Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy (MLD/CDP). Treatment for the management of lymphedema is non-invasive and pain-free. MLD/CDP treatment consists of four components:
  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Remedial exercises
  • Skin care
  • Compression therapy

Each treatment program is tailored to the specific needs of the individual.


Frequently asked questions

What is lymphemdema?

There are two types of lymphedema:
  • Primary lymphedema may be present at birth or develop later in life. It is due to a malfunction of the lymphatic system. Swelling may appear suddenly if stress is placed on the lymphatic system, such as a sports related injury.
  • Secondary lymphedema is commonly caused by removal and/or radiation therapy of lymph nodes, injuries or scarring. Any of these occurances can interrupt the body's normal fow of lymphatic fluid and result in swelling of a body part or region.

What are the symptoms of lymphedema?

Early symptoms of lymphedema may include a subtle feeling of heaviness, tightness, or fullness even though no swelling is visible. Lymphedema commonly begins with swelling in the hands or feet. Swelling may initially appear for a short time at the end of the day and disappear by the morning. Untreated, lymphedema will progress and the involved part of the body may become more swollen with harding and decreased elasticity of the skin. Other skin complications such as infection (cellulitis) are common.

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