Lymphedema Services at UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids

St. Luke's Emergency Department

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Lymphedema Services

Providing effective treatment solutions for lymphedema. Lymphedema is a collection of fluid that causes swelling (edema) in the arms and legs. One of the causes of lymphedema is surgery to remove lymph nodes, usually during cancer treatment. Normally, lymph nodes filter fluid as it flows through them, trapping bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances, which are then destroyed by special white blood cells called lymphocytes. Without normal lymph drainage, fluid can build up in the affected arm or leg, and lymphedema can develop.

St. Luke's Therapy Plus and Massage Therapy provide a number of treatment options for lymphedema. Our therapists have received special training to help treat lymphedema patients.

  • Lymph draining massage to improve the circulation of fluid in your lymph vessels
  • Gradient compression bandages and garments to help reduce swelling
  • Exercises to help with flexibility, strength and circulation
  • Education on home treatment options