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Locations:Mercy Outpatient Cardiac, Pulmonary & Physical Rehabilitation Services600 7th Street SECedar Rapids, IA 52403
Park in the 600 Medical Park Building parking lot. The entrance is located on the side of the building facing 8th Street.
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Hall-Perrine Cancer CenterReNew Image Center710 10th Street SECedar Rapids, IA 52403
Parking is available in front of Hall-Perrine Cancer Center.
Phone Number:For questions or scheduling, call: (319) 861-7776
Lymphedema Management Services are for those who have undergone treatment for breast cancer, as well as any patient with lymphedema resulting from other causes.
Lymphedema is the swelling of soft tissue resulting from the accumulation of lymphatic fluid. It is a serious condition, most often affecting the arms and legs, but can also occur in the neck, head, abdomen and genitalia.
Primary lymphedema is often an undetected genetic condition, and is due to inadequate or non-functional lymphatic nodes or vessels.
Secondary lymphedema is triggered by an injury, causing blockage or interruption of the lymphatic vessels through removal of lymph nodes. In the U.S., secondary lymphedema is most often caused by surgery involving the lymph nodes, cancer, trauma and radiation therapy. Frequently, it is seen after surgery for cancer of the breast or pelvic area.
Lymphedema can be effectively treated and controlled. Mercy's lymphedema management services staff of highly skilled, compassionate therapists is specially trained in Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT), the most effective treatment for lymphedema. It involves:
Lymphedema management services is staffed by occupational therapists and a physical therapist trained in the Vodder technique of manual lymphatic drainage.
Most commercial health insurance plans and Medicare covers CDT, and a physician's referral is required.
Taking preventative steps in self-care can prevent lymphedema from developing, or keep it under control. See the National Lymphedema Network website for more information on lymphedema.
For more information about lymphedema or lymphedema management services, call Mercy Rehabilitation Services at (319) 861-7776. To make an appointment, call (319) 861-7778. A physician referral is required.