Lymphedema Management Program

The St. Francis Lymphedema Management Program benefits patients recovering from injury, surgical trauma, chronic conditions, inflammation and edema. A therapist certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) applies rhythmic massage techniques using repetitive, precise hand movements applied lightly in the direction of lymph flow. MLD accelerates and improves functioning of the patient's lymphatic system.

Persons experiencing the following conditions may benefit from this program:

Primary Lymphedema (Praecox or Tarda)

  • Lymphatic aplasia
  • Milroy's disease

Secondary Lymphedema Post-cancer Related

  • Hysterectomy
  • Lymph node dissections
  • Mastectomy
  • Melanoma
  • Ovarian
  • Prostate
  • Radiation

Non-cancer Related

  • Hysterectomy
  • Obesity
  • Surgery
  • Trauma

Other Indications

Chronic Venous or Arterial Disease

  • Bypass (donor and reciprocal sites)
  • Diabetic or arterial ulcers
  • Leg ulcers
  • Post-phlebitis
  • Post-thrombotic syndrome
  • Varicose veins
  • Venous insufficiency

Trauma or Injury

  • Burns
  • Fractures
  • Hematomas
  • Joint dislocations
  • Sprains
  • Surgical procedures
  • Torn ligaments

Connective Tissue and Stroma Disorders

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lupus
  • Scleroderma
  • Tendonitis

Surgical Edema and Scar Treatment

  • Amputations
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Dental surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Pre- and post-orthopedic surgery
  • Scars

Physicians may refer persons directly to this program, or St. Francis Rehabilitation Services can assist in the referral process. Please call 785.295.8045 for all referral inquiries.