The most important and effective treatment is compressive therapy. This usually means some type of prescription strength compression stocking or glove.
In addition, a type of specialized massage called manual lymphatic drainage can be an important part of treatment. This is usually performed on an outpatient basis for two-three weeks, followed by long-term stocking (or glove) use. Because lymphedema can predispose to skin infection, personal hygiene and skincare are very important.
Lymphedema Therapy: Treatment Locations
Certified lymphedema therapists provide treatment at numerous Inova locations, including:
- Inova Alexandria Hospital
- Inova Fairfax Hospital
- Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
- Inova Loudoun Hospital
Outpatient P.T. centers