Providing Lymphedema Care
TuDor is one of the very few facilities in our community that offers specialized lymphedema treatment by Certified Lymphatic Therapists and Certified Wound Therapists. We achieve results unmatched by anyone in the tri-county area.
Our high level of treatment and expertise allows us to be recognized by the National Lymphedema Network. In the majority of patients, TuDor’s treatment programs produce complete healing, within a short period of time.
What is Lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a swelling of a body part, most often the extremities. It may also occur in the face, the trunk and the abdomen. Lymphedema is a result of an accumulation of protein-rich fluid in superficial tissues, which can have significant pathological and clinical consequences for the patient if it goes untreated. – www.acols.com
Early stages of lymphedema may be temporarily reduced by simple elevation of the limb. Without proper treatment, however, the protein-rich swelling causes a progressive hardening of the affected tissues, along with recurrent cellulitis, and possibly fungal infection.
Treatment of Lymphedema
TuDor offers a range of treatment methods to our lymphedema patients, including:
Gayle DeMartino, PTA, CLT from TuDor Physical Therapy demonstrates Lymphatic Drainage.
General Nutrition Guidelines
A healthy diet and weight for those with lymphedema begins with eating right. This includes consuming well-balanced meals consisting of: lean meats, beans, lower fat dairy, fruits & vegetables, and whole grains. Each of these is important in providing adequate nutrition and balance. It is also important to consume the right amount of calories and incorporating a variety of whole foods, rather than highly processed foods which tend to contain less healthy ingredients and higher calories.
Portion control is also critical in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. The average adult portion size found in most restaurants is 2-3 times the amount that it should be. If hunger is a problem, aim to consume frequent low calorie, filling snacks throughout the day, such as a few almonds or a piece of low-fat cheese, and drink a tall glass of water before meals in order to fill up and avoid overeating. Although there is no recommended diet for lymphedema, making nutritional choices that maintain the body’s overall fluid balance may help.