Lymphedema Services

Lymphedema is a chronic, painful swelling in the arms or legs that most often occurs when lymph nodes are removed or damaged during surgery or radiation treatment. It's especially common in women being treated for breast cancer, leading to discomfort, limited movement, ill-fitting clothing, discolored or thickened skin and recurring infections.

The certified Lymphedema therapists at Henry Ford teach patients the self-care skills needed to control the condition, which include exercise, compression and skin and wound care focused on preventing infection. Patients also receive gentle, therapeutic massage and learn how to effectively bandage and manually drain fluid built up in the affected area.

While there is no cure for Lymphedema, many patients see signs of reduced swelling and improved movement after just the first visit. Therapy generally lasts four to eight week, with periodic follow-up visits after.

Lymphedema Services are offered at:

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital - Clinton Township
(586) 263-2480

Henry Ford Medical Center - Columbus
(248) 344-2300

Henry Ford Medical Center - Cottage
(313) 640-2200

Henry Ford Medical Center - Detroit Northwest
(313) 543-6295

Henry Ford Medical Center - New Center One
(313) 916-3162

Henry Ford Medical Center - Southfield
(248) 386-5336

Henry Ford Medical Group - Warren Rehabilitation
(586) 759-7474

Henry Ford Rehabilitation - Allen Park
(313) 389-5600

Henry Ford Wyandotte Rehabilitation Center
(734) 284-4499

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