St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's third-
largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas, including
seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers, and two
freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

Visit our main website at www.StDavids.com

Lymphedema Management

Lymphedema is a build up of fluid in the tissues that causes swelling in the arms, legs, face, neck, abdomen, or trunk. It affects men and women of all ages, from infants to older adults.

St. David's Lymphedema Therapy assists patients and their families to address current physical symptoms, and to prepare them for managing their condition. Therapy increases the patient's independence, freedom of movement, and quality of life.

St. David's Lymphedema Therapists are occupational therapists or physical therapists who have advanced training and certification. They are skilled in treating the following conditions:

• Primary lymphedema (lymphatic vessels are missing or impaired)
• Secondary lymphedema (lymph vessels are damaged or lymph nodes removed)
• Edema due to other diagnoses, such as venous insufficiency and orthopedic or neurological conditions

Following a thorough assessment, an individualized lymphedema treatment plan will be written and
may include:


• Manual lymphatic drainage techniques
• Training in self-drainage
• Bandaging extremity to reduce swelling
• Training in self-bandaging
• Manual lymphatic drainage techniques
• Training in self-drainage
• Compression garment education
• Education in proper skin care, precautions, diet, and prevention strategies
• Exercises and stretches for affected body areas

Ask your healthcare provider to fax a prescription, then contact us for an appointment.
 
 

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