Currently lymphedema is thought by many authorities to be a permanent problem with little hope for a permanent cure. The advanced surgical procedures offered by Dr. Ram represent a significant advance in the treatment of this condition.
The mainstay of lymphedema treatment has been non-surgical, complete decongestive therapy (CDT) administered by a trained lymphedema therapist. This can be performed by a physical, occupational or massage therapist with special lymphedema training and may involve the use of compression garments, bandages, specialized massage, and special sequential pumps and devices.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a massage type therapy designed to move the lymphatic fluid and proteins out of the affected area and back into the circulation.
Complete decongestive therapy (CDT) consists of patient education on skin care, MLD, bandaging and compression garment therapy, breathing exercises and dietary measures.