Lymphedema is the swelling of any limb due to insufficient drainage of
the lymphatic system, which filters and returns fluid from your body
back into your circulatory system. Patients undergoing cancer treatment,
such as surgery or radiation therapy, are at risk of developing
lymphedema if their lymph nodes and vessels are damaged as a result
of these procedures. Symptoms often include tightness, discomfort or
swelling in the affected arm, hand, leg or foot.
Lymphedema may occur as a result of lymph nodes having been
removed during surgery or if lymph tissue has
been damaged by radiation. Many times, lymphedema can occur years
after the surgery or radiation.
About Our Program
The Lymphedema Management Program at Bryn Mawr Hospital offers a full
continuum of care. Under physician direction, specially trained and
experienced occupational and/or physical therapists employ a variety of
techniques to help patients better manage the symptoms associated with
lymphedema. The best results are achieved with early and continued
treatment. Even in cases of chronic lymphedema, an active management
program can reduce swelling and improve symptoms.
The goals of our program are to:
Improve drainage in the lymph system
Control swelling in upper or lower extremities
Restore function in the affected limb
Enhance the quality of life
Specially trained therapists provide personalized care. Each patient is
evaluated, and an individualized plan is developed to meet specific
needs and achieve optimum results.
Therapeutic components include:
Compression bandages or garments
Therapeutic stretching, strengthening and conditioning exercises
Skin and nail care
Specialized equipment (sequential gradient pump)
Patient education and instruction
Ongoing patient follow-up
Regular reports to the patient's physician
Outpatient rehab services are available for:
Cording, also known as axillary web syndrome, a condition
characterized by limited range of motion in the arm, pain
radiating down the arm, and sometimes a visible "cord"
extending from the axilla (armpit) down the arm
Measurement of special lymphedema garments
Physical therapy services help individuals regain independence, increase
strength and endurance and return to everyday activities.
Our supportive services include:
A monthly support group
Community education programs
Cancer prevention and screening activities
Home care services
General conditioning exercises
Lymphedema information resource guide
For more information about the program call
484.565.1063 for Paoli Outpatient Rehab Services and 484.337.6081 for
Bryn Mawr Hospital Health Center Outpatient Rehab Services.
Lymphedema Support Group: 484.337.8608
National Lymphedema Network: 1.800.541.3259
Women's Health Source: 1.888.876.8764
This program is offered in collaboration with the Members of the
National Lymphedema Network.
Bryn Mawr Hospital
New Appointments 1.866.CALL.MLH or 484.580.1000
Bryn Mawr Hospital
130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.