As part of our comprehensive approach, Greater Pittsburgh Vascular Associates houses a Lymphedema Clinic at our Jefferson Hills and Jeannette locations. There, a certified lymphedema therapist works alongside patients to manage and treat lymphedema through complete decongestive therapy (CDT), a holistic two-phase program.
Lymphedema is treated through complete decongestive therapy (CDT), a two-phase treatment program that begins with an active phase working with a lymphedema therapist, followed by a maintenance phase.
Phase 1 – Active treatment under the direction of a lymphedema therapist includes:
- Manual Lymph Drainage (also known as lymphatic massage)
- Multi-Layer Compression Bandaging
- Meticulous Nail & Skin Care
- Self-Management Training
Phase 2 – Self-Guided maintenance includes:
- Compression Therapy
- Compression Pump Use
- At Home Compression Routine