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Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT)


A two-part process that's the gold standard for Lymphedema treatment. CDT relieves the discomforts of swelling. We will prepare you with all you need to maintain the progress you've made during therapy.


CDT is the best choice of treatment for those patients already diagnosed with lymphedema. Prior to starting therapy, you'll undergo an initial physical evaluation which includes measurements of the involved and uninvolved limbs. When you decide to begin treatment, CDT will consist of two phases.

Results from Complete Decongestive Therapy
  • Personally tailored Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)

  • Compression bandaging of affected limb

  • Suggested exercises for "off" days

  • Education on self-care

  • Training in self-bandaging if necessary

  • Depending on severity, compliance, and response to treatment, you can expect to undergo this phase for 3-5 days per week for 4-6 weeks

Phase 1: Intensive Phase
Phase 2: Maintenance Phase
  • Support the progress made in Phase I

  • Transition to compression garments

  • Bandaging and overnight alternatives

  • Choosing the right compression pump

  • Creating a new lifestyle routine

  • Exercises - Self-Care - Follow-up visit

  • Tips for remaining consistent

  • A life-long commitment

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