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Lymphedema Treatment

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center - Lee Campus
320 Main Street
Wound Clinic
Johnstown, PA 
Phone: (814) 534-6236

Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center
200 Hospital Drive
Meyersdale, PA 
Phone: (814) 972-6920

Conemaugh Miners Medical Center
290 Haida Avenue
Hastings, PA
Phone: (814) 247-3290

Conemaugh Ebensburg
1104 West High Street
Ebensburg, PA
Phone: (814) 472-4468

Lymphedema is a chronic condition caused by a disruption or damage to the normal drainage pattern in the lymph nodes. Lymphedema causes swelling in the arms and legs, and can also cause swelling in the breast and chest. Removal of the axillary lymph nodes (under the patient’s arm) can increase a patient’s chance of developing lymphedema. No cure exists for lymphedema, but with proper management, swelling can be reduced and maintained. 

Lymphedema treatment is typically covered by health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. A prescription is needed from the patient's primary care physician. 


Risk Factors

Patients who may have had the following procedures or diagnosis are at risk for lymphedema:

  • Breast surgery
  • Prostate surgery
  • Radiation treatments
  • Any surgery involving lymph nodes
  • Hernia repair
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Biopsy of inguinal lymph nodes

Treatment

An initial evaluation will be completed by one of Conemaugh Rehabilitation's Certified Lymphedema Therapists. The treatment method for lymphedema, called Complete Decongestive Therapy, includes:

  • Skin care
  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Compression bandages
  • Home exercises
  • Evaluation to choose the garment need to maintain results