Lymphedema

Lymphedema is swelling caused by slowed or blocked movement of fluid through the lymphatic system, which is an important part of your immune and circulatory systems. This blockage prevents the lymph fluid from draining well. As the fluid builds up, the swelling continues. It usually occurs in the arm or leg, but can also be seen in the neck, face, or genitalia.

Our lymphedema therapists:
Laura Hardmeyer, PT
Tana Herr, PT
Erica Schuler, PT

What are the symptoms of lymphedema?

  • Swelling
  • Heaviness
  • Firmness
  • Achiness
  • Pain

Who may be affected by lymphedema?

Lymphedema may affect anyone with a history of the following:

  • Cancer
  • Radiation therapy
  • Surgery
  • Infection
  • Trauma

What type of treatment is involved with lymphedema management?

  • Manual lymphatic drainage
  • Intermittent pneumatic compression pump
  • Multilayered bandaging
  • Compression garment fitting
  • Instructions on home management techniques and exercise instructions

How can I learn more about lymphedema?

What: "Lookout for Lymphedema"
Where: Bismarck Cancer Center, 500 North 8th Street, Bismarck
When: 1st Thursday of every month, 3:00 pm
How to register: RSVP to the Bismarck Cancer Center at 701-222-6100 or 1-800-248-5511

For more information, please contact the St. Alexius Human Performance Center at 701-530-8100 or 1-800-222-7858.